December 21, 2012

Happy Holiday!

Thank goodness that the world has not ended! Yet- at least... I guess we still technically have 11 hours until we are entirely in the clear, but my gut is telling me that we will all be here to celebrate Christmas with those we love. Today happens to also be my fiance's birthday, how dreadful for the world to be forecasted to end on the day you were born! To all you other December 21st babies, I am sorry those Mayans have given us such a scare! Luckily, they may have been off just a hair or two. Since we are all still here and you are still reading (maybe while standing in line to check out while doing some last minute shopping), we wanted to wish you a Happy Holiday and Fabulous New Year!
We wish you and your family
a happy holiday season,
a new year filled with love and peace,
and a home that reflects all the warmth
and beauty of this special season.

Circa Charlotte
Seated left to right: Catherine Walters with daughter Cate and son Logan, Lindsay Boner with son Henry and daughter Fran, Jane Schwab and Marshall, Cindy Smith with granddaughter Wansley and Sister, Heather Smith with daughter Finley and son Whit, Eleanor Stanley and Olivia
Standing, left to right: Cameron Davis with son Jaylen and daughter Camauri, Kathy Smith and Sky, Patricia Flachs, Whitney Sturge and Ellie, Patrick Lewis and Ollie, Addison Ruffin and Cricket, Brigid McCarthy, Janelle Hansberger, Anna Brantley, Arevat Manucharova, Emily Williams and Margo

Circa Birmingham
Whitney Johnson and Rebecca Davis with Whitney's children (left to right) Jack, Polly and Tipton Johnson

December 19, 2012

Circa Christmas Cheer!

If you do not already know it, we are so lucky to get to work at Circa. We are made up of 16 people: 15 girls + 1 boy. In case you can not do the math, we are primarily female. The crazy thing? Well, that is that we all get along! Not only do we all get along, we all ENJOY each other. Yep- amazing. You know what else is amazing? I guess I should really ask if you know WHO is amazing, because that would be these two:

Pictured above: Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith
Those are our bosses. Each year they throw a Christmas dinner for all of us to get together, outside of the confines of 2321 Crescent Avenue, to be celebrate the season and celebrate all that we have thanks to Circa and each individual lucky enough to call Circa "home." And we all believe this... so much so that sweet Emily Williams created a slide show for us to enjoy that night and the song the photos were flipping to was Phillip Phillips "Home." (I am not blog savvy enough to have music playing while you are reading this entry, but if I were it would be on... instead, here is the YouTube, just in case you haven't heard it yet.... such a great song!!!!). But enough with the brown nosing the bosses, back to the
SO- in the past three years we have actually firmed up a Circa Christmas Dinner plan. Here is what we do:
Around 6:30 PM:  Gather at Jane's lovely home for champagne and hours-de-vours
After everyone has arrived and hob-knobbed some, the entertainment begins. This generally falls upon the young guns, but this year- as mentioned earlier- Emily took it upon herself to coordinate the entertainment section of the evening and it was wonderful! Pictures would pass over the screen showing past Circa events (including the pink gorilla singing telegram we ordered to come to Circa for Jane's birthday one year! HA!) and the slideshow could not have been better!
Once the entertainment segment is over, we then head to Cindy's home for a seated dinner. It never fails to be delicious. And, of course, gorgeous.
We generally sit at three different tables, with place cards, and enjoy each other's company. Husband's, boyfriend's and fiance's (in my case!) are all included- which makes it extra special. Sure we all love each other, but it is fun to get to mingle with everyone else's better halves as well.
Here are some more photos from the evening, courtesy of Catherine Walters. A BIG thank you to Catherine for making this blog picture filled!! Please excuse the red, demon eyes... iPhone's are not the greatest for avoiding these.
Enjoy and I hope that you remember all your blessings during this holiday season and may this blog remind all of us of ours as well:
Newest members of the Circa Family: Brigid McCarthy and Anna Brantley

William, Janelle with Mike, Patricia with Bruce, Kathy, Patrick and Addison

Waiting on others to find their place: Brigid, Heather and Jane

Mingling: Patricia, Lindsay and Brett


All ready for our voyage to the Big Apple!

December 10, 2012

Addison Weeks at Circa on Thursday!

Make sure you stop by Circa this Thursday from 10 - 3 for an awesome trunk show by Addison Weeks, a local jewelry designer!  She has great looking jewelry that would be fun for a gift...or for yourself...for the Holidays!  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Charlotte Humane Society.  Hope to see you Thursday!