What Women Wore for A Casual Christmas Dinner and How It Inspired Me

Pamela Lutrell Christmas Dinner

It is officially only ten days until Christmas….crunch time, ladies!  But, while we are stressing out, I hope you have taken time for enjoyment as we have.  Last week, I hosted a Christmas dinner for three other couples and it was so much fun.  Plus, one of my friends here, inspired a look for me to wear to work.  But, first, let me show you my table setting for the evening. Fortunately, it was cold enough to light a fire and make it a very cozy, inviting atmosphere.

Pamela Lutrell hosts a Christmas dinner party

I will confess that I found my holiday wine glasses in a thrift store a few years ago, and they have served me well.  This fun group has found some wines we love and each and every dinner includes one of those wines.

Pamela Lutrell finds holiday wine glasses in thrift shop

Since life is short, why not have Christmas dishes.  It makes the festivities more fun!

over 50 feeling 40 Christmas table setting

These ladies are so precious to me.  We have known each other a long time…raised kids together and I taught their children when they were in high school.  We always have tons of laughs when together…so I had to show you the silly picture too.  Over 50 feeling 40 Christmas Dinner

When I saw my friend, Jody, in her tan suede jacket with a black column underneath, it reminded me that I have something similar.  I really like these neutrals together…any black and brown is a favorite combo of mine.

Pamela Lutrell in Soft Surroundings

I know these are different shades of brown/tan and different styles, but I still like this look and it works for my job very well.  The suede jacket, black denim, and necklace are all Soft Surroundings with the black jeans being the most recent addition to my wardrobe. I had to add a necklace…it is just who I am.  I put some similar items in the slide show below.  Jody definitely inspired me that night with what she wore and that is one of the reasons I love to watch what other women are wearing.  We all learn so much from each other.

Dinner was fun and I did not think about holiday stress once that evening.  Make sure you take time to enjoy!  Is anyone still shopping or are you done??

I hope you will enjoy the slideshow…thanks for being here!  



  1. Your photos capture your joy in just being all together and the Christmas setting is beautiful. I feel like we just got to see a picture of your inner self with your fun picture. Thank you for sharing. Of course , all the outfits are lovely and an inspiration. To answer your question, I haven’t finished shopping and am starting to panic.

  2. Love these casual outfits, and I really like pairing black & brown together. I think your suede jacket is gorgeous!

  3. Pam–Chico’s has a similar faux suede coat/topper that is perfect over a black column…..it’s their “faux-suede kimono coat.” I’m seriously considering it after seeing it in the store and feeling how soft it is and how stylish it looks. But shopping for me wasn’t on the agenda that day, so will have to go back or on-line.

    I love to gussy up my table as much as I love to dress myself. I’ve begun to take pictures of my special occasion table settings and enjoy looking at them and planning the next pretty table.

  4. This is from an earlier post: thanks for the tip of Saigon cinnamon! That stuff is good.! The taste is so much better than store brands
    Thanks to you for providing such a pleasant morning reading if you posts

  5. So glad you are here and that you enjoy the posts! Saigon cinnamon is the best!! Glad you like it, Kaarina!

  6. The necklace takes a nice outfit to a great outfit! Love that you added just that third color. I have a faux suede camel moto jacket from Chico’s and will try my version of your look soon. Passing it on … I’m smiling here imagining this black column/suede jacket/colorful necklace being worn by millions of women to work tomorrow!

  7. I bought the same jacket after seeing a woman wearing it at breakfast at an airport hotel. She styled her’s with a column of black and an oversized animal print scarf. She looked so chic!

  8. What a gift it is to have a group of friends who enjoy getting together! I like your column of black with the caramel colored topper! Those colors work so well together!! I’ve finished shopping, just need to get going on getting my baking wrapped up. It’s a huge undertaking but I love doing it!

  9. I feel like I need a tee shirt that says Don’t Let Busyness Rob Your Joy! Thanks Paulette!

  10. I love all of it… yes, the way I do this is a huge undertaking but it is always worth it! Have fun baking, Karen!

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