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

Gays & Girls Dessert Dance Party 2010

Written by Patti on October 11th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Oh how I love my friends – the diversity among us is riveting and our differences make for the very best get togethers. After all, if we were all the same, it would be dull as dirt, yes?

And this weekend was Pride. What better excuse for a fabulous party than Pride? None, that’s what. So I got together all my favorites and threw a dessert dance party on Thursday as a mini kickoff to the Pride activities. A wonderful time was had by all.

I fashioned this sign out of 2 Happy Birthday Banners. The last "E" is a "B" cut up.

This was also the party I swore I could do for $100. How did I do?

Candy Bar!

Centerpiece close up

The theme was desserts, so I whipped up some chocolate chip cookies, some everything cookies (both the giant variety), baked and frosted 36 cupcakes and fashioned a candy bar for nibbling. I purchased 6 bottles of my favorite cava, Segura Vida, at $6.50 per bottle, to start the party with bubbles.

Totals:   Cava –                   $42.00

Groceries –                          $88.00

Camp for Karen –               $35.00
(always in my party budget – will probably not apply to your budget)

Grand Total:       $165.00 ($130, if you don’t count Karen’s doggie camp)

So not too bad. Especially considering that I had 35 RSVPs and 50 showed up. But some of my darlings showed up with most divine treats. Maria, as a matter of fact, brought the most gorgeous basket of cake balls you have ever seen (and it miraculously was decorated in tandem with all my colors!). Love you, Maria! My bestie, Lisa, donated all the candy, so that took a chunk of expense off of me, too. Lisa, you are the greatest!

Maria and the Cake Balls - I believe they were gobbled up in minutes!

But the true heart of the party were my fantastic friends. I know you are dying to see the photos!

Carrie, Richard & Tracy, looking fierce!

Richard & Me

Tim, John, Clint and Me

John picked all the music for the night and was our marvelous DJ. Thanks, John!

Tiffany and Julie

Ali, Adam and Me. Ali and Adam both work for The Ritz-Carlton.

Sweet Claire and Me

The most stylish Elizabeth & Victor

My favorite guest? I love them all, so EVERYONE! Victor with Kerry and me.

Clint and Stephanie, cutting up

The CHS alum - Kathy, John and Me

BFF John and me, hamming for the camera

No, really, that's Wesley under all that wild garb. And he made a killer dip with fig preserves, too.

Danny and Me. With Erin photo bombing in the background. LOL

Crowd Shot

Katie and Ashley, looking great!

Tiffany mentioned the next day, how no one knew each other well, so they were forced to socialize immediately. I thought about this and realized I did have lots of different circles of friends there. How did they all get on? Like peas and carrots. Love my friends!

Zack, me, James

Oh, see the backward “Z” on Zack’s cup? I bought a bundle of stick on letters so folks could keep track of their beverages. There were shiny gold letters and sparkly pink letters. Festive and cheap!

The lovelies - Katie, Valerie, Ashley & Tiffany.

Danny, Valerie & Terri

Feelin' Festive with Kevin, Vanessa and Danny!

Tim and our local southern belle, Miss Patricia

Stunning Terri and Me

Getting some smooches from Daniel.

Katie and Me. I put on an apron and was planning on making biscuits and eggs..

…but somehow never got around to it…..

Sharing giggles with Katie, Patricia, Melanie and Vanessa.

Gorgeous LaToyin and Me.

More fabulous women! Allison, Me, LaToyin, Kathy and Stephanie.

With creative friends, comes creativity. Table decorations gone wild at the end of the night.

What a fun night. I was so thrilled to kick off Pride with my little soiree. Thanks to everyone that came, laughed, drank, sang and especially those who danced.

I love you all. We will do it all again next year!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Cher – Believe


9 Comments so far ↓

  1. Christy says:

    Such a fantastic party! Thank You!
    Your cookies were delicious and those Cake Pops… the charts.

    That photo did not do your table justice – it was stunning! The next time Eddie Ross comes to your house it may be to shoot one of your amazing table settings.

    Have a great week!

  2. Patti says:

    You are too, sweet, Christy!! Thanks so much! xoxo, P

  3. Erika says:

    The event title was hilarious to me! Great shindig on a dime. Sometimes these are better than the parties we spend a fortune on!

  4. Holly says:

    Looks like it was Fabulous! Sorry I had to miss it!

  5. Taruan says:

    WTF! I missed that! It looks like you guys had a blast! I wish I was there… and I’ve decided I’m there next year… no questions asked. Love you Patti-cake 😉

  6. Patti says:

    Arlynn – next year!! xoxo, P

  7. Patti says:

    Erika – it was so much fun. Join us next year? xoxo, P

  8. Patti says:

    I missed you my little, Holly! xoox, P

  9. Patti says:

    T-Bear! You were so missed and it was such a fun way to kick off Pride weekend. Love you! P