Since 1991, it has been a tradition of the Women’s Civic League to host an annual Guilford holiday party, filled with food, drinks and entertainment. More than mere holiday fun, the proceeds from the cocktail party support Sherwood Gardens, where more than 80,000 tulips are planted every spring. So it was fitting that this party was hosted at the Mediterranean-style home of Lindsay and Bruce Fleming, with its rear terrace overlooking Sherwood Gardens.

Festive white lights were festooned around the wrought-iron gates of the gray stucco residence, and wreaths adorned the doors and windows. Indoors, the home, with its lush Oriental carpets, traditional furniture and striking white marble kitchen counters, captured the spirit of the holidays. It was the perfect backdrop for the 200 guests to mingle in their dazzling red and green festive wear.

In the family room, Ravens fans gathered around the cozy fireplace where a large plasma TV screen hung overhead. With a mix of live holiday music from the grand piano player, cheers from the game and a buzz of chatter among guests, the atmosphere was lively and dynamic. Guests gathered around the long dining room table decorated with a centerpiece of stargazer lilies and carnations, to select from a spread of hors d’oeuvres, all contributed by guests. Popular on the menu? Crab dip, of course!

Not only did the party mark the holiday season, but a sense of community as well, as friends and neighbors celebrated long into the December night.

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