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Mayflower Ball

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year I celebrated in the best possible way: with the descendants of the Mayflower!

Earlier this month, The Society of Mayflower Descendants hosted a fabulous black-tie ball in New York City. It was held at The University Club, a historic members-only social club in Midtown.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It turns out several of my friends have ancestors who traveled on the Mayflower. Who knew I had such distinguished friends?!

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

After cocktail hour we moved into the club’s stunning main dining room adorned with rich mahogany walls, gold accents and glistening chandeliers. I couldn’t get over how pretty the room is!

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Dinner was absolutely fabulous. They served classy versions of Thanksgiving dishes, and my favorite course arrived first. It was soup… in a pumpkin! How cute is that?!

The creamy pumpkin bisque was served in a baby pumpkin and accompanied by figs and candied walnuts.

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then for our meal we had turkey with apple, chestnut and celery stuffing and cranberry sauce. We also ate mashed sweet potatoes and green beans, as well as popovers and pecan cranberry rolls. It was all so delicious!

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And for dessert we treated ourselves to warm flourless chocolate cake with a mixed berry compote and raspberry coulis.

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

During dinner, The Mayflower Compact was read aloud. This led to my friend Claire sharing that she is descended from the man who wrote it. How amazing is that?!

So as a joke, I made her sign my copy of The Mayflower Compact (for the record it was printed in the program. I don’t just carry around a copy of The Mayflower Compact)!

I look forward to selling it on Ebay and making millions.

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

I had to laugh. Claire’s ancestor wrote The Mayflower Compact, and my family’s claim to fame is that Al Capone went to one of my ancestor’s funerals. One of us has a slightly more esteemed family…

There was also a debutante presentation.

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And dancing. Lots and lots of dancing.

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Mayflower Ball 2016 - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It was such a beautiful evening and the perfect start to Thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful holiday! I’m so thankful to all of my readers for your support!

~A

P.S. My dress is by Jill Jill Stuart. You can find it here.

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