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A Night At The Drive-In

Written by Patti on May 10th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Who else saw Iron Man 2 this weekend? Show of hands? Me, me!! A group of our besties got together and caravaned to the drive-in to enjoy the late spring weather and have a little cookout (any reason for a cookout with our friends!) We joined our friends and neighbors, Jay & Val, Chioke & Taruan and Jay’s sister, Heather, and had a blast.

Jay and Val had obviously done this before and brought a portable grill, all the turkey brats and potato salad. I brought cole slaw, chips & spinach dip, Italian sausages and a lobster tail. We all parked next to each other (that was a feat – it was packed!) and got to grilling. Val also made sangria and the fun began.

Chef Jay Firing Up The Grill

While the food was grilling, we visited, snacked and caught up with each other.  Everyone else there had the same idea – it was amazing the amount of people with grills and fancy set-ups we saw.  Big groups of folks, just hanging out and enjoying the weather.

This is really best told with photos.

Lots of Folks Had The Same Idea

The Back of the SUV Makes for a Great Serving Area - Pre-Dinner Treats

Darlings Chioke & Taruan

Jay Takes A Break From Cooking To Visit With Me

Nom, Nom, Nom - It's a Cookout, Y'all!

Sweeties Heather and Val Enjoy A Sangria

This Saturday is Val’s graduation party – but more about that later! Congrats, Val!

We Are Still An Hour From The Start of Iron Man 2, But Having Fun

Our Funny Cooler and the New Radio Eric Picked Up for Tonight - You Can Wind It Up! Isn't That Cool?

A little backstory on that cooler. It’s brand new, but our neighborhood can be rough in patches, so Eric deduced that a crummy looking cooler wouldn’t get taken. My incredibly smart husband!

Men, Men, Men...Manly Eric and Jay - What's Happening, Guys?

The sun started to set and we snuggled into our seats with our plates of yumminess.

Food Is Ready!

Eric and Taruan, Pre-Movie

Is It Time for Iron Man 2, Yet?

And suddenly, it is ridiculously cold! Who expected that? Why, Jay and Val, that’s who.  They brought blankets for us all. You all are the greatest! Thanks.

Taruan Finds The Back of the Escape Makes a Great, Uh, Escape!

But Not Before Posing With Me and Val...

The sun goes down and I snuggle with one of Val and Jay’s blankets and get ready for the previews. Don’t you love previews? Me, too.

Preview For Shrek #15, Or Something - How Many Shrek Movies Have They Made Already?

And then, it’s time for Iron Man 2. Oh, boy, it was good. Full of fun. So go see it, if you haven’t already. And under the stars, it was even better. And with great friends, it was the best.

The movie was over and no one was ready for the party to be over, so everyone popped over to our house to watch Betty White on SNL. Which, I bet, might have been the most watched SNL ever.  Hilarious.

Hope your weekend was as much fun.

xoxo, Patti


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Matt says:

    Gotta love love the Starlight!

  2. Lisa says:

    What fun!

    Who got to eat the lobster tail? that’s what I want to know…

  3. Patti says:

    That would be Eric, Lisa. xoxo, P

  4. Christy says:

    I have been wanting to hit the Starlight for 2 years!!! Looks like so much fun. Now I REALLY want to go.

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  6. Scarlett says:

    Hey Patti,
    Do you post every day? Good job girl!!! You are busy!!

    On a side note, I want to party with you guys! How awesome does that soiree look! FUN!!!!! Can you believe I’ve never been to the Starlight Drive-in in ATL. Nutty I tell ya. It’s a must after reading your post. THANKS!!

  7. Patti says:

    @Christy – The Starlight is a great time!
    @Study Abroad – thanks!
    @Miss Scarlett – You know where I live, sister! Come on, I have a wine glass with your name on it! xoxo,P

  8. Patti says:

    Bruce, I do post every week day. And come on, let’s party! Are you in Atlanta? Would love to see you at the next soiree!