Monday, November 8, 2010

Thankful : Day 7 A Good Party

I am glad that I was able to relax a little when I was off Friday, because my weekend picked up steam and I needed all day Sunday  just to recuperate ! After attending a gathering at Icey's house, I picked up another girlfriend and we jumped on the highway to head to a birthday party for a very good friend of ours. I have known this guy for about 14 years. He has been a very supportive friend and encouraging person, who has always shown up for me when it counted. He is married to one of my sorors, but I met him first through work. My friend comes from a big family hailing from East St. Louis. His wife is from New Orleans and she has a big family too. So believe me when I say, they had a lot  people to converge this weekend for a 3 Day Celebration. 

We missed the Friday night event that we were also invited to at their house which we were told was off the hook ! They had Gumbo, Jambalaya, Boiled Crabs, Fish and Potato Salad ! Man I hate I missed that, but I have to exercise some restraint sometimes ! LOL. Trust me, we more than made up for what me missed while we were there Saturday. The party was at this place called Suga's Deep South Cuisine and Jazz Bar. It was a very nice venue. The guests were asked to dress in Black and Silver. We had unlimited Chardonnay and Cabernet along with Shrimp, Boudain Balls, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grilled Chicken Skewers, fruit, and cheese. One of the funniest things was a video that they played during the party. They turned off the music so we could watch it. It is hard to explain without you knowing how my friend is or his personality, but lets just say he is known to be quite a character and can't tell a good story and "play the dozens" with the best of them.  The video was shot like he was a celebrity arriving for a sit down interview and they asked him various questions about his life so far. He told some hilarious stories & made some poignant observations. He told us this funny story about being at a Cameo Concert 20 years ago with his soon to be wife and some of their friends, that had us in tears ! LOL I must say the video was actually very professionally done it only lasted about 15 minutes. I thought the idea was pretty unique & so appropriate because my friend is a pretty funny guy.

I don't have to tell you that people from Louisiana know how to party ! Man we shut that place down. We had a blast, doing the Wobble, the Michael Jackson Shuffle, and the party didn't stop until we finished with a good old fashioned New Orleans Second Line Dance, waving our napkins ! Of course the Birthday Boy and his Kappa Frat brothers ended up on stage with their canes before it was all said and done at 2 AM.  When we left the party, they were passing out Pralines, so I got several for Mr. Mixologist to enjoy later. 

We made sure to book a hotel room, but didn't get much use of it, because they insisted that everybody come to their house for the "After Party". Me and my girlfriend, retired the high heels for our flip flops, freshened up and headed over to their house. When we got there, it was like there was a party already in progress based on all the cars parked on the street ! Little did we know that several of his nieces, had left the party earlier & we walked into the aroma of food and a kitchen full of women cooking grits, hot sausage, bacon, and pancakes ! I mean it when I say it, people from Louisiana know how to throw a party and they don't know when to stop! LOL ! Of course, the music continued, the drinks were still flowing, I saw people still ARRIVING at 3AM ! Now that is what you call a house party. We kicked it strong until we just HAD to call it at 5AM. My body was telling me NO MORE. The scary thing is, there were people who didn't look like they were even close to leaving ! LOL. By the time we got to our hotel, checked in & hit the sheets it was 5:30A. I was so thankful for DAYLIGHT SAVINGS, which we had completely forgotten about cause we needed that extra hour for sure. We got up at the last minute to get checked out by Noon & hit the highway.  I had a blast, but I was paying for it later.

Today I am thankful for A good party experience.

I am thankful for people in my  life  who know how to have a good time.

I am thankful for my friend making it to a milestone birthday.

What are you thankful for ?

Been to any good parties lately ?

Thoughts ? Questions ? Comments ?

Beautifully Complex 


Don said...

I've been trying to tell anyone who'd listen that New Orleans is one of the places to be, if you're looking to enjoy yourself in the South.

Good music, atmosphere, food, people, weather, everything. And it all takes place upon one significant strip.

We traveled to New Orleans on my birthday this past weekend and I love the city as if it was my very first time visiting.

Love the Saints, too!

Beautifully Complex said...

@Don For sure NOLA has so much culture ! Glad you enjoyed your birthday. Happy Belated :)