There was no need to worry about having over-indulged though, because DJ Paul managed to get everyone away from their tables and onto the dance floor as soon as the last dessert spoon had been licked clean. Paul clearly knew what it would take to get us up and dancing, and the floor never emptied until we reached the "bewitching hour" (i.e. our music license ran out).
Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard to make this event happen! Particular thanks to Corry, Fran, Caroline and Anita who formed the official "Christmas Party Committee", to David M who prepared the main meal, to Corry to prepared the desserts, to David B who stocked and tended bar all night, to Paul who DJ'd, to all our fabulous waiters and waitresses, and to the often unsung heroes who dragged themselves out of bed the next morning to clear up and clean the hall so it would be ready for the next event.