This past holiday season, the Real Housewives of Abu Dhabi teamed up with Abu Dhabi Women’s Group to host a Christmas Luncheon at the beautiful Park Rotana in support of Operation Smile UAE. I know Christmas seems ages ago but I still wanted to post these pictures. What better way to start holiday season than getting with your favourite girls for an afternoon of chit chat and fine dining?
The morning was spent with Vanessa comically putting a tree together, Jacqueline frantically wrapping presents with a few members of the hotel staff for the Pass the Parcel game, I was running about organising the raffle prizes and double checking my lists (I love my lists). We all helped put up the Real Housewives of Abu Dhabi photo booth – which I must admit has seen better days. Hotel staff were rushing about decorating the tables, Marzia who came early set up her make up station, was enlisted to put the last of the swag into the gift bags whilst the staff put onto the seats. It is always a bit hectic before an event, but we were all in the holiday spirit. The Christmas music and the coffee kept us sane.
Once everything was set up, we were ready to go. The wonderful ladies of Abu Dhabi started arriving. Everyone was looking glam all dolled up. It can get pretty hectic with everyone arriving at once. Signing in, buying raffle tickets. It didn’t help that the sign in sheets (again with the list) were printed in tiniest font ever! The only drama was some of the ladies were took snacks from the coffee break area next to us and one lady told another lady that her baby wasn’t allowed – all misunderstandings I’m sure. Other than that it was smooth sailing.
The rest of the afternoon went off without a hitch. The ballroom was festively decorated. The Christmas music played and everyone was in holiday mood. The ladies enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. We had loads of raffle prizes to give away and all the ladies went home with a gift bag full of wonderful surprises.
Thank you to all the women who participated in the raffle. All money was raised was for Operation Smile UAE. We raised enough money for 7 operations. The afternoon ended with a game of Pass the Parcel. Each table had one lucky winner who won a roll of toilet paper. One happy housewife said it will come in handy! The winners did win a real prize courtesy of Jacqueline’s Jewellery.
A BIG THANK YOU to the hotel staff at the Park Rotana. The staff were incredibly helpful during our set up. During the meal, they worked hard looking after all of us ladies. Thank you to Dahlia Photography and The Events Atelier for the Christmas Photo booth and photos. Thank you to Parade Party for the decorations on the tables. Thank you to all of our raffle prize sponsors. It was a successful event because of everyone who participated.
Listed below are all of our sponsors for the event. If you would like to know more about each on, just click on the logo.
Nice to hear that there’s such a group like abu dhabi housewives.
Thanks Mary Ann. We are really fortunate to have such wonderful ladies in Abu Dhabi! It is a great expat community.