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

A Night Of Magic, Courtesy of Valerie & Jay

Written by Patti on May 17th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

The best thing about having a blog is the opportunity to toast those you love best.  So if you will indulge me this lovely Monday morning, I would like to tell you about the party we attended Saturday night.

Adorable friend Valerie graduated from Georgia State and we all gathered to celebrate her accomplishment. Our sweet hostess Denise even made a sign:

Congratulations, Valerie!

Jay, Valerie’s sweetheart and best friend had arranged the most wonderful day for his girl on Saturday.  A mani/pedi came to pamper her at the house, but before Valerie’s spa day began, Jay pulled out a tiny, velvet box, declared his love for her and proposed!  Do you have goosebumps? Me, too!!  We all heard the news when we arrived at the party and made Jay & Valerie tell the story a million times during the evening. You know we girls can’t get enough of these romantic stories!

The keg full of Blue Moon was tapped, the bbq Jay and Curtis had spent all night smoking was brought out for ‘que sliders and our friends and neighbors showed up with scrumptious sides. Our host Rick even made the most amazing homemade cinnamon ice cream for ice cream cones. Yum!

But the star of the night was Valerie, glowing and smiling all night long.

And now for the photos!

Newly Engaged Jay & Valerie

Our Star Enjoys A Plate of BBQ With Leila and Shane

In addition to the bbq, Jay and Curtis had also made three different types of wings as well as making the sauce themselves – 4 kinds!

Carrie Admires Valerie's New Ring

Dave and Ryan Catch Up

Merryl Checks Out Valerie's New Rock

Marcus and I Enjoyed Rick's Cinnamon Ice Cream Together

Taruan and Shawn Pose for Photos

Jill and Benoit Share A Moment

Sierra Guards The Keg

Cutie Pie Heather, Who Introduced Valerie & Jay

Curtis, Eric and Joel Take A Break & Have a Laugh

The Always Impeccably Dressed Chioke

Taruan Tries His Hand At Spades

Teague and Bill Exchange Stories

Our Wonderful Host, Rick, Regales Eric With A Tale

Our Beautiful Graduate, Valerie, Takes It All In

Benoit and Michelle Enjoy The Evening

Crystal and I Pause For A Hug

Leila Signs The Facebook Tee We Brought for Valerie

The Bar Is Open!

Our Hostess With The Mostess, Denise

Host and Hostess Rick & Denise Pose On THE Party Deck in Our Neighborhood

Jay With His Fun College Buddies, Brandon and Jared

Curtis and Merryl, Having a Great Time

Joel and Denise Take A Moment

Chioke, Through The Palms

The Giant, Delicious Cookie - We Are So Proud of You, Valerie!

Jay Presents His Fiancee' and New Graduate, Valerie

A Very Happy Couple

Time To Cut The Cookie

Everyone Was There To Applaud Valerie

Ryan And Chioke Stop To Visit

Valerie's Future Sister-In-Law, Heather, Poses With The Grad

Me, With Our Darling Valerie

Cutting Up With Valerie, Chioke and Byron

Byron Gets Smooched By His Sweetie, Michelle

Eric Practices The Neighborhood Handshake With Ashley and Valerie

Jared Enjoys A Blue Moon

Bubbly Miss Keely and Our Buddy Joel

Gorgeous Michelle Always Brings Sparkle To Our Parties

Jay and Valerie, I cannot tell you how thrilled everyone who loves you are for your happiness.  I know there will be tons of parties this summer, but the magic of this special night will not be duplicated.  Best wishes to you both, I love you!!

xoxo, Patti


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. JIm Melton says:


    The photos and the description are great. Nice work.

    Thank you so much for doing this since Sandy and I could not be there to share this with Val & Jay.

    We hope to see you when we get back to Georgia permanently in early 2012.

    Thanks again,

    Jim Melton

  2. Patti says:

    My pleasure, Jim. Really looking forward to seeing you and Miss Sandy soon!

  3. Heather Melton says:

    Fantastic!!!! You got MUCH better pics – much more of the Adair Park peeps – I swiped a couple!

  4. Patti says:

    Hi Heather,

    Your photos were excellent, too! So much fun!

    xxox, P