Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Cinco de Mayo With Black Tie Barbecue

Written by Patti on May 6th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Guess who I met last night? Oh, you’ll probably never guess, so I’ll show you.

Me And Spidey!

Black Tie BBQ threw one helluva party last night. And I mean one HELLUVA party.

Continuing their “Secret Supper” series, the special location was not released until after midnight on May 5 for that evening.  This time the spot was Relics and Rarities in Decatur. I can’t believe I’ve never been here. This ice cream parlor/vintage car museum is across the street from Decatur HS (guess who’s incredibly busy at 3 p.m.?)

Eric and I arrived at 6 p.m. and had a chance to view the collection of vehicles.  They also have all other sorts of well, Relics and Rarities, of course!  Fun stuff like Spidey, the Simpsons and a giant McDonald’s milkshake and box of fries. R&R is a playground for kids of all ages.

Part of the Car Collection

I Loved The Atlanta PD Car

Is That One Of the Duke Brothers? No, it's Eric With The Patriot!

Marge and I Trade Recipes

As we explored this fun emporium, Neil and Spencer were hard at work getting dinner ready for about 80 guests.

Chef Neil Mans the Grills on this Hot Georgia Afternoon - You Are A Saint, Neil!

Chef Spencer Stays Calm Amidst The Flurry of Prep

Gorgeous Allison Dons A Wig To Get In The Mood

And Takes A Moment To Pose With Tina ( and Me

More guests arrive and I cannot believe how many folks we know. Atlanta is such a small town for being such a big city.  Shari, Josh and Elizabeth, who we met at Clint’s birthday party are all there.  Mark Rox Tioxon, Shameeka Shy Ayers, Laura Scholz and Lauren Thomas with Everywhere arrive shortly.

Eric and Josh

Sweet Shari

Darling Elizabeth and Our New Friend, Yvette

Sugar Coma Queen Shameeka and Eric

Adorable Laura and Her Sweet Husband, Tim

Tables are set with chips, guacamole and three different types of salsa  – traditional, salsa verde and a mango salsa. And these are just the nibbles!

Nom Nom Nom...All For Me. Wait, I Have To Share? Okay.

The bar opens and the swift bartenders are soon dispensing sangria, margaritas and beer.  Everyone starts to loosen up and before dinner we meet our Masters of Ceremonies for the evening, Russ and Brock, along with the marvelous DJ Battle of That’s Good Radio

Pretty Megan Tends To The Thirsty Guests

DJ Battle, Ready To Rock You!

Russ and Brock With The Rules For The Evening - Drink & Meet New Friends

Russ takes the mic and lets everyone know that they are expected to get out of their chairs and meet someone new. I got up and met Bobbi Oxendine (Bobbi, email me!) Bobbi is wearing the most fab shoes ever.

Fab Feet! Just Made For Dancing!

Bobbi, Lauren and Josh all got up to play a game naming songs and artists. Bobbi was our winner! She picked out an Amy Winehouse song in two notes flat. Amazing. If you missed, you got a shot of tequila (wait..that’s for losing?)  And the party was ON.

Josh, Lauren and Bobbi Compete

The food was then served.  An luscious assortment of tacos (shrimp, pork and skirt steak), a vegetarian quesadilla bar and a bevy of side dishes that could have easily been entrees (chicken bbq nachos, rice, spiced black beans, seasoned corn on the cob). It was all delicious. Let me share so you can drool:

Grilled Shrimp

Tender Pork

Sizzling Skirt Steak

The Scrumptious Sides Bar

Close Up Of Those Yummy BBQ Chicken Nachos

When all the guests had eaten their fill (could anyone really get enough of this fantastic food?), DJ Battle cranked up the tunes and we did some serious dancing.  Our tablemate and new friend, Elizabeth and I took to the floor while PYT and Flashlight played. And there was a Soul Train Line! I love Soul Train! I love Dancing! I love a Line! Uh, scratch that last one.  It was so much fun.

New Buddy and Dance Partner Elizabeth

This Man Could Move! Mark Moves To Get The Photo

Elizabeth Cutting A Rug Like Nobody's Business

Girlfriend Elizabeth is Getting Down!

And through it all, everyone stayed looking good. Honestly, this was the greatest looking crowd, ever. Everyone was attractive.  Take a look at my friend, Joe Carlos, who I met at the last Secret Supper, with his friends Solomon and Travis (we missed you Lauren!!).

Looking Good Joe, Solomon and Travis!

Some more shots of the guests and my newest friends.

Beautiful Clare

Lovely Calinda

Trumaine and Travis at Dusk

Heather, Having A Chat

Lauren Just Glows

Jenna Snaps Some Photos

Woody and Shala, Looking Glamorous

Spencer's Cousins Come Out To Enjoy The Festivities

Hope you all had as much fun as we did!  Thank you so much Spencer, Neil, Allison and LaToyin – you all are the greatest!!!

xoxo, Patti


9 Comments so far ↓

  1. John says:

    Honey, I am so proud of you!! You have made the most incredible life for yourself and I am so happy to call you one of the best friends that I’ve ever had!! Love you!!

  2. Patti says:

    Aw, John, I love you, too, Honey!! xooxoxo, P

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Patti, you captured the evening beautifully! Great meeting you and hopefully our paths will cross again soon. 🙂

  4. Patti says:

    Elizabeth, I enjoyed meeting and dancing with you! xoxo, Patti

  5. Joe says:

    It was great seeing you on Wednesday! Thanks for the pic, and next time, I’ll make sure that Lauren is with me to enhance the evening even more!

    Your pics are amazing! I hope you and Eric have a great weekend!

  6. Patti says:


    It is our pleasure to spend time with you! Thanks for the kind words and please give our best to lovely Lauren!


  7. tammie reed says:

    I hate I missed this looked like you guys had a ball!

  8. Wow! I wish I had know about this…I even saw a few familiar faces in the crowd. And what a tasty fare!! I could smell the BBQ through my screen. How do I get invited to a shindig like this? YUM!

  9. Patti says:

    Erika, friend Black Tie BBQ on Facebook and they will update you on coming events. Would love to see you there! xox, P