Life's been a little crazy for me recently. Between my Mom having health issues, my car being totaled in an accident (not my fault) and having to shop for a replacement vehicle, the holiday season has crept up on me faster than a tractor trailer on Rt. 22. To say I'm not ready would be quite an understatement.

Things always seem to fall into place though. Last week at the Women's Business Council's 2nd Annual Holiday Tea & Tree Party, benefiting the scholarship fund, I won one of the twelve pre-decorated trees which will fill in just fine for a Christmas tree at my house this year. Although it is breaking tradition of buying a balled tree to replant after the holidays, I'm looking forward to not having needles shedding in the house.

Last year this event was held at Historic Bethlehem's Kemerer Museum. This year we gathered at Sangria, the newly opened restaurant on the first floor of our office building in Allentown. How convenient!

Sangria may be one of the new additions to the Lehigh Valley restaurant scene but they hit the ground running as soon as they opened their doors. The back section of the dining room can be closed off for private parties such as ours and it seems like it is always booked.

The hors d'oeuvres served were delicious as was their signature drink...Sangria. Christine from Christine's Secret Garden in Easton sponsored the "tea" portion of the evening and had a sampling on hand from the vast variety of teas at her shop. If you like tea, or know someone who does, you really have to meet Chris.

All in all, the evening brought together a large group of business women (and men) to celebrate the season and raised an impressive amount of money for the scholarship fund. It also reminded me what's really important about the holidays...spending time with friends and family.

Will you be attending this event next year?