Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Last night, a hotel here in town had a party to celebrate their recent renovations to their event space. Since we're all friendly in this industry, they had a big shindig to show off the new digs and my department was on the guest list.

The theme was "Progressive" -- meaning, they were honoring their progressive renovation through a progressive party. The partitions in their grand ballroom had been drawn and the room was divided into thirds.

Party One - my favorite (which may surprise you after reading about all the parties). It was a loft style set up with soft furniture, drapery, mood lighting, a baby grand piano and jazz music. There were passed drinks and hors d'oeuvres as well as an open bar (white wine!) and a cheese and bread buffet. Four different kinds of cheeses with all kinds of bread and rolls and breadsticks and crackers. I don't think I need to get into detail, but let's just say I would have put a few mice to shame. It was AMAZING.

After a brief welcome speech, the curtain was drawn and Party Two began. An upbeat band was playing and there was fun, festive lighting and furniture. The food was a little bit heavier - pork sliders, chicken and grits, and a down south eggroll are what I tried. There was seafood and a truffle macaroni and cheese and some other things I didn't dive into because I had heard what was coming in Party Three...

After about 30 minutes, our host announced it was time for door prizes. Unfortunately, I didn't win one but lots of people won two nights stays at sister hotels all over the country.

Finally, it was time for Party Three. I kid you not when I say I was the first one to skip (yes, I skipped) through the doors and into CANDYLAND. A candy buffet, a white chocolate fountain with almond bark in all kinds of flavors, gelato, a decorate your own cupcake station, several rubbermaid tubs filled with oreo "dirt" and gummy worms with chocolate-covered strawberries "growing" in the dirt, edible flowers, a tree made of chocolate covered pretezel rods and more. I felt like I was Charlie Bucket, walking into Wonkaland and getting to eat whatever I wanted. It was stunning. Absolutely amazing. I am still shaking a little bit from the sugar high. Sarah - you would have dropped dead on the floor from a sugar coma.

Between the cheese and all the chocolate, it was a great night. Just thought I'd rub it in!


  1. I want to see pictures of Candyland!! Sounds like so much fun!!

  2. Geez Louise that sounds incredible. They should have skipped room number two with the band and gone right to the candy.

  3. OMG... I want to go to Candyland. I'm picturing it and it sounds positively delicious. So jealous of you and your cool parties.

  4. Party Two was good, Eric. Plus, it gave all the cheese a chance to settle in so I could have room for all that chocolate.

    Ivy, I was going to take pictures but my hands were full/covered in chocolate.

  5. I am so jealous right now it is not even funny. I hope you made a dirt cupcake, complete with a gummy worm coming out of it!

  6. Oh my gosh that sounds so completely amazing. I want to go to there...


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