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One summer day, when I was about six years old, I asked my mom if I could have some friends over for a party. She asked me what sort of party and without skipping a beat, I decided that it should be a TV watching party for that very afternoon. (Social calendars aren’t too busy when you are six years old.) I figured out how many people could comfortably sit in our living room and asked my mom to make enough popcorn and drinks for a crowd of 7. I then went around the neighborhood and asked my friends if they could come. It was a small affair, only 4 or 5 of us, but it was my first try and fun was had by all. I believe that is when the “entertaining bug” bit me. Thankfully, my mom indulged me that day and thus, I am still doing little and not-so-little get-togethers all of these years later.
About 15 years ago, when I was visiting my little sister in Chicago, she treated me to tea at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. This experience was magical and left me completely smitten. I took note of every detail of that afternoon; the china, the tea, the beautiful food, how everything was presented and served, the music, everything. Once I got back to Spokane, I spent months shopping, collecting recipes, china, strainers, pretty serving dishes, unusual cloth napkins, anything that would make a tea party special. As the date of my party grew closer, I focused on my hand crafted invitations and made little lavender sachets to place at each place setting for favors. Soon, the day finally arrived to share the simple gift of tea with my friends and it was wonderful. Though I have had many parties since that day, my friends and I still fondly reminisce about the charm and memories of that special day.
Movies have always been one of my favorite things. Several of my theme parties have been inspired by books/movies. One of my favorites was the Ya-Ya Babes party inspired by the book, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. We had a fun afternoon with a “Big Easy” menu, mint juleps, Bourré and finally a trip to the movie theater to watch the movie on opening day. There is nothing like escaping into the many colors and textures that films provide. I also enjoy the drama of Hollywood so of course I am a huge fan of watching the Academy Awards. For me, it is an all-day affair because you absolutely MUST watch the red carpet interviews and before that, all of the fuss leading up to the actual show.
The Oscar nominations, (with 24 categories), for the 90th annual academy awards were announced last Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. It is time to start planning and preparing for a glittery evening! Along with a few new additions, I think that I will stick with my original combo of popcorn and drinks for the menu.
I can see that I have some movie watching to do before The Academy Awards air on March 4. Since “The Shape of Water” is leading the pack with 13 nominations, I think I will start there. I have seen “Dunkirk” which has eight nominations, and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has seven nominations, (need to see that one too).
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing party ideas, recipes, and any insights on the Academy Awards that I manage to dig up. Since things seem to sell out quickly, I have already started shopping for party supplies and favor ideas.
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