|Harry and Jan, gracious hosts of the gala|
Sounds like something a little naughtier than nice, like a lingerie party with gambling, perhaps. It was nothing of the sort. On Sunday evening I was invited to the elegantly appointed home of Jan and Harry Korotki for a delightful post-holiday soiree, complete with a white-elephant present-swapping game. Given the little relation to naughtiness or bingo that I could see, and considering the extensive guest list of equestrian aficionados from all over Baltimore County, Maryland, I think it should have been called a "white horse" holiday party instead. But despite the fact that this was my first experience with any sort of gift-swapping event, I was instantly taken with the good-humored nature of the affair.
|My new purse, a Christmas gift from Joyce|
Jan Korotki, who you might recall from a previous blog post, is the wonderful woman from whom I bought my beloved horse, Chubby, in 2004 (see my post titled "A Horse Of My Own"). Her party invitation for Sunday instructed guests to bring a wrapped gift with a value not to exceed $25 and a potluck food item to share with about forty people. Jan also told me the suggested attire for her get together was "dressy-casual with a horsey theme". I could do that!
|From left: Lyndi Caruso, Lauren Mendelsohn,|
Jo Jennings and Chris Rossiter
|From left: Trish Apple, Dulany Noble|
and Joe Bills
I took note of Jan’s considerable decorating skill as I observed each room’s tasteful Moroccan ornamentation. Was there Persian ancestry in the family? No. Jan simply adores the intricate mosaic and filigree work of Middle Eastern décor. I had to concur. Every vignette was enchanting.
|From left: Lauren and Andy Sandles,|
It was a lovely party, a splendid way to spend a chilly January evening. I made new friends and enjoyed the camaraderie of like-minded souls, all of whom, like me, have riding boots in their mudrooms and hoof prints on their hearts.
|Guests look on as Dulany unwraps her gift|