Awhile back, Becky and I were trying to figure out what to do for Mary’s birthday. Mary is very fond of Gone With The Wind. She even has a parlor complete with memorabilia. She’s serious about her Gone With The Wind. She’s from South Carolina…that may explain something.
Knowing this bit of information, I suggested a surprise Gone With The Wind themed dinner party. Right then and there, we (behind Mary’s back while she went in for more iced tea) said yes! Let’s do it!
So the scheming, lying, planning, and praying started. We prayed not to get caught by Mary. She’s got a radar that doesn’t miss much.
Where to hold this grand scheme? We looked high and low but thought she would figure out the minute Duke drove towards a “special place”
So we enlisted Mike & Nancy, brother and sister-in-law. Best move we ever made. Not only would Mary be unsuspecting when they drove over to Mike’s the day of the party, Mike and Nancy were rock stars with behind the scenes help. We could not have done it without them! They were on board from beginning to end. Not only that, but their home is to die for. Space, space, space. Done very, very, very well. Gorgeous home with gorgeous views and amenities; a caterer’s dream. It didn’t hurt that Duke, the architect, designed it. He’s pretty good at that kind of stuff. If you have a minute, you should check out some of his other projects, here.
After weeks and weeks of scheming, lying, planning, and praying, the day finally came. What a blast! Mike was the butler…here he is walking Mary into her surprise party.
The guests nibbled on these little cornbread and sausage appetizers while waiting for Mary to arrive. The menu was Southern Style…BBQ, Fried Chicken, Cheese Grits, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Squash Casserole, Becky’s Beans, Congealed Salad, Pecan Pie and Peach Cobbler.
After her shock and happy surprise, they were whisked off to the changing room to get ready for their party. Tah-Dah-
Enter, Miss Scarlet and Mr Rhett. What a lovely couple.
Here’s Prissy mingling with the crowd instead of helping Mammy get dinner ready for Miss Scarlett and her guest. Prissy; worthless as usual.
Here’s Mammy, hollering, “Prissy, get yoself over here and help me. Miss Scarlett needs caring for. Lord have mercy, child, make yoself useful.”
FINALLY, Prissy got busy and made the table all pretty and ready for the party.
Hi Miss Scarlett and Mr Rhett! Y’all look soooo lovely together. Won’t you stay for dinnah?
A wounded Confederate Soldier and his nurse showed up for the party.
more hungry Confederates,
The dinner bell rang and by the looks of Miss Scarlett and Mr Rhett, dinner was finger-linkin good. Miss Scarlett has been known to vow never to go hungry again. She made good on her vow!
In the end,
Miss Scarlett, Mary was a happy and surprised birthday girl.