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British Bash

Last year’s GEORGE Winter Bash was my favorite party of the year, so you can imagine how excited I was for this year’s party to roll around! As you know, GEORGE is a charity that provides assistance to British and Commonwealth heritage people in NYC who are in need of financial and emotional support. So our fun evening was all for a good cause!

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

This year’s bash was held at Espace in Hell’s Kitchen. The attire was black tie optional, but for Anton and me there was no optional about it!

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

We made sure to get a good group picture, which wasn’t an easy feat!

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

The evening was hosted by The 2 Robbies: Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, hosts of Premier League football on NBC.

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

And there was even a magician!

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

But the true guest of honor was five-time Olympic Gold Medalist Sir Steve Redgrave. He’s known as Britian’s greatest Olympian (and, if the bash is any indication, is one of Britian’s best dancers too)!

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

Just like last year, we played the traditional game of heads and tails. Everyone stands, and trivia questions are read with two possible answers: heads or tails. You put your hands on your head (or tail!) to guess. If you are right, you stay standing. If you’re wrong, you have to sit down.

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

Unlike last year, however, I made it really far! I didn’t quite win, but there’s always next year!

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

After the games and the speeches, it was time to enjoy our three-course dinner.

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

During dinner, guests can bid on silent auction items, or participate in the live auction.

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Once again, our table “won” a fabulous prize!

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

It was a really fun dinner!

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

But the best part, as always, was the after-dinner dance party!

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

Wondering what I wore? My dress is by Nicole Miller, and my bracelet is by Slate & Willow.

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

You know I picked it out because it’s the same color blue as the Union Jack! I swear I’m a Brit at heart!

GEORGE British Bash 2015 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo: James Higgins © 2015

Once again, the British Bash was an incredible night.

To find out more about the bash, click here. To find out more about GEORGE’s charitable mission, and support its efforts, click here.

As the Brits would say, Happy Christmas!

~A

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