ecstatic hostess welcomes us (*please note her adorable apron was a gift from jeff and me. this is a great gift idea, as you rarely think to shell out the money on an apron. anthropologie has the best ones)
the food was amazing. i have never heard of peppadews before and for those of you who don't know they are these little deiciously sweet piquante peppers. stuff with them goat cheese and you will thank me.
gorgonzola and balsamic green beans, jalapeno cornbread and dr. pepper ribs
fancy water to hydrate us while we drank several bottles of wine
ryan embraced his role as bartender
everyone was happy
marcia and eric brought cupcake popcorn - yes, cupcake popcorn with sprinkles
i was in denial that i had to go home and pack after dinner and be up at 6 am to leave for my flight
then we played some games. we started out with jeff doing a little mind reading
the crowd was captivated
erin was in shock that jeff guessed her word and read her mind
we took a little break for dessert
then we ended the evening with six hilarious and intense rounds of celebrity. if you've never played it before it's great for a party. basically, everyone individually writes down ten celebrity names, folds them up and puts them in a bowl. you break into two teams and you have to get your teammates to guess the celebrity by giving them random clues (you can pretty much do or say anything, except use the person's name). ryan gets points for being able to describe any character with two phrases. they often started with "big boobs" - answers ranged from kim kardashian to christina aguilera. although ryan also flooded the bowl with lots of jon hamm and kim kardashians. so everyone just said "hot guy/mad men" and you knew instantly who that was.
it was such a fun evening that i didn't mind getting home at 12:30 and having to pack.