When planning my birthday party, I admitted I’d always wanted to make one of those things you put your head through.
(The French call them passe-têtes, so from here on out, I’ll go with that.)
When friend Paul was looking for a fun thing for his New York themed party, he hired me to make a passe-tête.
The timing worked.
Mom’s husband is terribly crafty, and they were visiting last week.
After a night of collaborating on the stand’s design, Brad built us a frame and removable hinged insert.
After a day of collaborating with Paul, I started painting.
We were on a tight timeline, what with the children, full-time internet work, stomach flu and general householding.
After a few late nights and days without showers, I sent it off to the party.
Kind Paul invited James and I to attend, and I was delighted by the details.
(My friends are creative folk indeed.)
The name of the party?
“Call me a cab”
Since this is wine auction weekend, Paul was referring to the auction barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon that Conn Creek had submitted.
It was a New York themed party.
It was awesome.
Hello, Napa-styled New York in tiny eco-friendly containers.
I liked the way the mustard was in the bottom of the pretzel container, removing the need for mustard booger-encrusted bottles or finicky packets.
Falafel and paella and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
The foods were easy to eat with one hand, easy to eat while meeting new friends.
(Plus, I love the sneaky vegetarian options — so good you don’t even notice.)
We set up a regular digital camera on a tripod and let the guests take their own photos. Most people wander around with a digital camera these days, so they could take their own photos or wait for the winery to do it. If I did it again, I’d order Moo cards with the Flickr address where guests could go see their photos (what with the wine drinking – grin).
Paul is such a thoughtful entertainer, we were so happy to be a part of the winery’s evening.
Now what passe-têtes should I paint next?