Besides eating and shopping, what's the third luxury people engage in over the holidays? Think a huge tub of popcorn and stadium seating ' the movie theater's red carpet is the place to be seen. Party Girl just saw Spanglish, and let me tell you, I have a new respect for Adam Sandler. Closer is also on my list of movies to see, and I can't wait to spend a night with Jude Law. Ray was also a blockbuster this season, and members of Lil' Band O' Gold along with Marc Broussard put down their instruments to head to the movies in remembrance of fellow musician Ray Charles. LBOG singer, drummer, and swamp pop "Godfather" Warren Storm gushed that "Ray was definitely the best movie that I've seen in a long time." He also admitted, "I ain't been to the picture show since the '60s." Glad you made it out to the movies, Warren, and thanks for remembering Party Girl during the holidays.

Wrapping up my holiday party coverage, Gachassin Law Firm and Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic kicked off the month of December with their seventh annual Silver Bell Soiree, an evening of delicious food, jazz, and silent auction items at à la carte. This year's soiree netted about $25,000, all of which went to LCHCC, a local nonprofit that provides health care to the working uninsured. Now, that rings Party Girl's bell!

Each year Antler's fills its downtown restaurant with friends, family, and staff for its Toys for Tots Christmas Party. Everybody gets all dolled up, and Party Girl has to say there's usually some good lookin' guys floating around the downtown eating institution. Frank and Julie Breaux and Jennifer and Johnny Walters cleaned up well, too. Julie went for classic black with a sparkling sash, while Jennifer chose a holiday blue-patterned strapless dress with a sash. Tres belle!

Also celebrating its supporters was The Lafayette Museum Association at its 21st annual Patrons' Party at the historic Alexandre Mouton House. Guests were greeted with holiday music by violinists Morgan Bares and Rebecca Molyneaux as they climbed the front steps of the porch decked in greenery and velvet ribbons. Large topiaries of jeweled fruit and satin ribbon decorated the front hall, and several "tea girls," grandchildren and nieces of members, collected coats and passed trays filled with party foods. Each year the home is decorated by local designers and florists and stays open during the month of December for tours. Those guys deserve a toast for their work. Party Girl also wants to toast to the Mardi Gras season upon us and the many king cakes to come!

Party On! ' PG

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