Saturday night's engagement party at my parents' house was a huge disappointment if you were my five-year-old cousin Kenny who, in his nice sweater and dress-up pants, thought he was attending the wedding itself. Then again, Kenny also thinks I'm ten years old, which makes some sense if you figure that ten is bigger than five and I am bigger than Kenny. He's no dummy.
To everyone else, however, Saturday night was a huge success. My mother did all of the preparations herself and spent about six weeks cooking. She made hors d'oeuvres and dessert for 200 which meant that the 52 people who RSVP'd had their fair share of eating to do. There was wine, beer and sparkling water for the kids. I ate little and drank less, as I spent most of the party catching up with friends and family. Even if I had been drinking, I don't know if I would have wanted to walk around with the beer my father bought, which featured snarky labels more suited for a singles bar than an engagement party. Along with labels that read "Not Into Commitment," there was also this gem:
Oops. Nice one, pops.
As the party wound down, a smaller group convened in the living room where we were entertained by cousin Kenny singing his rendition of the pop song Stacy's Mom. But once it was past Kenny's bedtime - and mine and L's and everyone else's - people packed it in and the party was over.
While L and I have celebrated with smaller groups, this was the first capital E "Event" of our engagement year. Those of you who have been reading PlanetGordon for a while know when it comes to weddings I can be a bit cantankerous (my mother thinks I should replace Andy Rooney when he retires from his perch at 60 Minutes). But this was the perfect way to celebrate. Old friends, family and many people I hadn't seen in years were all on hand to offer congratulations and it was great to catch up with everyone. I'm sorry to disappoint, but there isn't anything I can offer you in the way of a complaint or sarcastic observation.
Check back tomorrow.
Update 9:40 PM: Here's just one picture of the gluttonfest that was Saturday night. Note that this was only one of a few tables of food. Enjoy.Posted by The Groom at December 1, 2003 10:03 AM