Although, lately, I’ve been writing all my moony internet-thinks here, I really do love parties. Even better, I like to squeeze what I can from professional events for entertaining people at my house (win! no babysitter fees!).
It started at the drop-off when horse-pulled wagons delivered us from our vehicle to the front gate. Ratcheting up the anticipation, the wagons helped us mingle with other partygoers.
Learning: Make the welcome memorable. Put your guests at ease.
Cleared out under a giant walnut tree in the vineyard, it was so refreshing to see all of the tables adorably mismatched. Of course it was on purpose, styled and laid out by professionals, but it helped add to a homey feel.
Learning: I don’t need to freak out about everything matching. If I like it, it probably goes together.
Learning: The most enjoyable wines come with a good story (preferably from good people). Maximize that investment by learning something interesting about your wine.
The biggest Paella pan I ever did see served up some tasty Paella.
Learning: I’ve never made Paella. I need to get on that. Maybe we’ll try it for next week’s porch party?
Learning: Oysters are almost always a good idea (really, does there need to be another learning?). Also, Hog Island’s shuckers were devoted indeed. Injured shuckers!
I ate an Octopus Taco and it was delicious.
Learning: Pickled veggies can take my taco to a new place. Unusual proteins also improve the taco bar significantly. Ground beef who? I’m tackling seafoods and beans next.
Amazing shirts and western wear were everywhere at this party, giving people easy conversational starters.
Learning: Dress themes can help your guests mingle. Bonus points if it’s general enough for interpretation.
Learning: I should probably moisturize more thoroughly.
Tony was our host for the evening, he took care of our transportation, a special wine for the table and all practical decisions.
Learning: When it comes to friends, I can always increase my level of generosity. Really.
Food trucks rallied to make all the food for the event — all was distributed on several buffet tables. Lamb, chicken, greens, it all came together for some hearty belly-filling food for the auction ahead.
Learning: Buying pre-made foods isn’t cheating. It’s efficiency.
Thanks Tony for an amazing evening — we’re lucky to have a friend like you.