Sunday, April 18, 2010

The A-Train Express

Don't know whether I've mentioned it, but I LOVE to entertain. My house happens to be great for parties: The layout is very conducive to small groupings in various areas, with easy flow and access around the house. I'm also a born hostess -- not to brag; just stating a fact.

Sadly, I haven't had much of a chance to throw a kick-ass party here in the past few years. Happily, that was remedied last night with a wonderful potluck with about two dozen people -- old friends and new, and strangers-turned-friends.

The weather cooperated wonderfully, staying pleasant and breezy, so that the deck became a usable area for gathering and dining. Many people seemed to mingle around and sit in different rooms at different points throughout the night. Everybody seemed relaxed and engaged, full of good food and good cheer. You couldn't ask for more as a hostess!!

Jake was a huge hit, too. Everybody fell in love with him (duh! -- I do have the cutest dog in the world!) and many of them were glad to play "fetch" with him ... making for one VERY HAPPY, and pooped, pup!

Themed "Get on the A List," the potluck challenged everybody to bring a dish that starts with A or features an A ingredient ... so, we had things with apples, avocado, artichokes, angel hair pasta, etc.

One of the guests brought Amaretto, and she made a drink with Amaretto and orange vodka (a bottle of which I had in the house already). She asked whether I'd like one, too. After tasting hers, I said sure -- but please also put some lemon-lime soda in mine. It was delicious, and became our signature drink of the night. Soon, several other people were drinking it as well.

Of course, signature drinks need a name, so I came up with "A-Train," in keeping with the general theme of the evening. Later on, when the soda ran out, people began drinking just the Amaretto-and-vodka version -- which, naturally, became the "A-Train Express."

What a ride! What a night!!

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