Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The party in pictures

We jetted off two weekends ago for a fancy party held in my mom's honor. She retired after 15 years as a VIP. Some other VIPs offered to host their party at their VIHouse surrounded by 10 acres of VIGardens scattered with VISculpture. To set the scene:

Here are a few of the sculptures (guess which one is for you, Julie):

Yeah, really. And here is what the table setting looked like:

So you can imagine how nervous I was about having Jo and Opie at this party. Did I mention it was a sit-down, five-course meal for 150 people, most of whom were still more VIPs who are big donors to the organization for which my mom works/worked? And let's not forget that this was the day that Jo suddenly developed the barfing flu.

But they looked really cute, and charmed everyone, and did not throw up or throw tantrums. The tables were set up outside, which helped a lot. I got to tour the gardens, eat at least some of my dinner, and hang out with family (15 of us all together, including a cousin who I haven't seen since he was about 4, who turned out to be a real mensch and fit right in as if he'd been at every birthday and holiday dinner since time began).

I wish I had a shot of the waiters parading down the hill with covered dishes on their trays before each course. But you'll have to settle for:


Jamie said...

Oh, your kiddos are beautiful! What an elegant party for your mom. She sounds like one great lady. And kudos for no barfing or tantrums. Now THAT is an accomplishment.

Lady M said...

What adorable kids! The event looked lovely.

I'm enjoying reading your site! It's nice to see stories from a fellow working mom.

groovy mommy said...

Lovely kids!

So cute...

nice dress, pinky!

I just love pinky dress, my groovy girl has 5 of them ;D

bubandpie said...

Adorable! Does VIP stand for something aside from Very Important Person?

Binkytown said...

Oh your kids are so gorgeous! Is that the dress you saved from the barf? Way to go! Sounds like a fun party..sculptures? how posh!

Mayberry said...

B&P: I just meant very important person. Still maintaining a small shred of anonymity even with all the pics (maybe I'm delusional)!

Amy, that is the dress. My mom bought it and it's really quite fabulous.

mothergoosemouse said...

Love love love the pics. Forgot to show everyone last night - thanks for the reminder. And yes, I knew that one was for me - you are the greatest!

Her Bad Mother said...

Seriously? VIHouse is far. out.

Your kiddies, however, are totally-down-to-earth-beautiful.

Mrs. Wheezer said...

Loving the pictures of your beautiful kids. The VIGrounds look like a beautiful VIPark. Lovely.

I'm impressed you were able to eat. Beautiful crystal + 2 kids = me hyperventilating.

Mayberry said...

Thanks everyone for your kid compliments! Now I know the way to your hearts is through cute kid pix.

I knew the house/gardens were going to be special, but I had no idea I was going to be eating dinner right next to a Henry freaking Moore.

Nancy said...

Looks like a lovely venue. I hope your mom enjoyed herself.

And your KIDS! They are so adorable. I am sure they were a hit at the party.