01 December 1989
Xmas Party 1989
For several years, prior to my freelance illustration career, my illustration skills were mostly kept bottled up, and the biggest outlet for my creativity was the annual Xmas Party invitation. We had held the first Party in 1984 (and I don't remember if a special invitation was drawn up for that one or not), back when we lived in the apartment down on Michigan Street, and we began making it an annual event once we moved into our first house on Straight Street, and it continued until the mid nineties (at which point it just became too exhausting to keep up with). I had thought most of these invitations had disappeared, but when my father passed away in 2014, whole stack of them were unearthed in his keepsake drawer.
The party usually involved a banquet table of food, lots of booze and cocktails, parlor games, and eventually a small stakes poker game, as the crowd thinned out. Judging from clues in the illustration, I'd guess this one was circa 1989.