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

The Broke Socialite, Queen of All Media

Written by Patti on May 20th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Tuesday night I had the pleasure of attending a reception for my fabulous friend, Shameeka Shy Ayers aka The Broke Socialite. This gorgeous fete was held at the very prestigious hotel, The Mansion on Peachtree, in the heart of Buckhead. I implore you to peruse their website so you can feel the opulence.

From the moment bestie Crystal and I stepped out of the car, aided by the most pleasant Darrell, our valet, to the doormen on our way out, we were treated like royalty.

Once inside the hotel, you sense that no expense was spared to make this a spectacular getaway.  Designed by noted architect, Robert A.M. Stern, this 42-story beauty rises like a queen from her throne. And Tuesday night, the queen’s name was Shameeka.

Honoree Shameeka Takes A Moment For Photos

The occasion we gathered to celebrate was Shameeka’s empire building venture.  And I am not kidding when I say empire. Between her blog, her Sugar Coma tours (going national very soon, so look for them!), more fun foodie tours including Freeze! (ice cream, y’all) and Graze! (small plates – but if you are going to book this tour, do it soon – the afternoon tour is already booked), and the release of a new novella, Instantly!: How Quickly I Realized I Hate My Job, Shameeka has her Prada bag full.

In the luxe bar of the hotel, guests were treated to a cocktail created just for this event, the Wisdom Martini (which I renamed the Shameekatini, because I like how it sounds). The charming Celetia at the bar mixed vodka, lemon, fresh blackberries and lavender, shook it all up and into a martini glass it went, creating the loveliest color imaginable. And was it ever tasty!

Mixing Up The Wisdom Martini

Ready To Toast Shameeka!

Orchestrating the entire evening were Miller Jackson, Marketing Manager of the Mansion and Dwight Sanford, Director of Rooms. Two of the most charming people I have ever met.

So many of Shameeka’s friends and family were there to support her. And lots of familiar faces, too. Tami Hardeman and Tony Clark, Spencer and Allison of Black Tie Barbecue, popped in to toast our girl. And there was the delightful Lynn from Mama Says, who I really enjoyed meeting.

Shameeka's Glamorous Aunt Karen (Glamour Must Run In The Family!)

A Bevy of Guests To Celebrate Shameeka

Tony Clark and Tami Hardeman

Making The Rounds - So Many People!

The Bar at The Mansion

The Bold and The Beautiful

Shameeka Visits With Denise, The "Wind Beneath Her Wings"

Listening To Shameeka

Toward the end of the evening, Shameeka read an excerpt from her novella, Instantly!: How Quickly I Realized I Hate My Job, a hilarious tale of two cubicle mates named Nia and Harper, who could not be more different.

Author Shameeka Reads Aloud From the Novella

Shameeka also introduced her two new interns, Brittany and Maggie, who are going to learn so much in their time with Shameeka. Lucky girls!

From the Left, Brittany & Maggie

Shameeka floated through the evening with style and grace. But of course, all the best loved queens do.

Congratulations, Darling!

xoxo, Patti


9 Comments so far ↓

  1. Patti,
    You’ll never know how much it means to me that you were there on Tuesday night. It felt so good to look around the room on a night like that one and see so many people who I love…present company included. What a delicious recap! It was a great deal of fun, right? The pictures are absolutely beautiful. Muah!

  2. Jen Kardian says:

    So disappointed that I missed it! Thanks for the fabulous recap, Patti. Sounds like an evening fit for a socialite – broke or otherwise.

  3. Patti, what a beautiful recap of the evening and of our favorite empire building queen, Shemeeka. So glad we had some time to talk. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, L

  4. Thanks so much Patti for covering the event. My husband paid dearly for making me miss Shameeka’s event. She’s such an inspiring a beautiful woman…and her new haircut is very becoming!

  5. Chris says:

    What a fantastic recap! Thank you! I am bummed I missed it, but now that my nights are free, I will make sure I am on it next time! Congrats Shameeka!

  6. Peggy Cofield says:

    Great article Niece. So proud of you!!!!! Wish I could have made it. Maybe next one!

  7. Patti says:

    Celetia, You kept the party going! Loved meeting you! xoxo, Patti

  8. Now THIS is some glorious story-telling.. In fact, I nearly feel as though I was there. Great photo, narrative, non-fiction and wit. Loved it! Sorry I couldn’t make it but I was in South Beach and had just landed at the time the event was going on. Much love!

  9. tammie reed says:

    Sorry I missed this it looked fab!