We just pulled off a Big Bash, a Grand Fiesta, a Shindig, a Hoopla!!
And it was better than we ever thought it could be.
Sure, it was my 64th birthday, and we were celebrating our Permanent Residency for Mexico (received in April) and our 5th wedding anniversary, and Glenn’s 61st birthday (both in May) – those were definitely reasons to celebrate and kick up our heels.
But, it was the friends who joined us that really made the evening what it was. Without them, Glenn and I would not have had the event that really solidified our coming of age in Mexico.
Sure, we had done the prep work of hiring our fabulous caterer Ruby Joy, our dear friends Lady Zen and Katy Chan La Narcisa to entertain us, and an amazing DJ Marta. Wandering into the event space that night had us catch our breath in delight, BUT, it was the friends; the people of San Miguel, that kicked the evening into the stratosphere.
There had been a few snafus – there always will be right?
But it all came together in what Glenn and I thought was our party of a lifetime. As a matter of fact, it went so well and we were on such a high for days afterward, that we are eying our 10th anniversary as a possible second extravaganza.
But, let’s get back to this one.
As you know, I got my spine tattoo about a month ago – so I had to get the perfect dress to show it off. And I did just that. It had just the right skirt that flowed around me and made me feel like a princess. And my prince – Glenn, decked himself out in a one-of-a-kind hand-painted shirt – looking extremely debonair and more handsome than heck!
It was a garden party – and our guests came decked out for the occasion and ready to enjoy themselves.
The huge tent was up – covering the area for a rain that stayed away, but a sun that beat brightly. And, who doesn’t want a TENT for a big bash?
The tables were set up around a substantial stage in front of which was a dance floor big enough to accommodate all those who wanted to kick up their heels.
We still pinch ourselves – a tent, a stage, a dance floor!! So damn cool.
Ruby Joy’s waitstaff drew accolades for their spectacular care of all our guests. And the food and drink were well chosen with the help of Ruby Joy who knew just what to do. We do thank her!!
Marta, our DJ, welcomed guests and played some of our favorite songs to get the ball rolling. And continued to do so throughout the night.
Then, I got on the mike. Now, all of you know, I do love to talk. And a voice that I have always hated now called out a welcome to those who came out to surround us in a spectacular evening.
Glenn and I had a schedule worked out. But it kind of got shot to hell as we forgot some elements during the evening and things became fluid.
We had everyone write notes of their own celebrations. This was not just our evening – it was theirs too! We were going to read off all of them during the night. But, in our exuberance, we forgot to after the first group was read. Not to worry, there is going to be a YouTube video made from all the videos and still photos taken and shared with us by our friends. And all the notes will be placed within it.
Lady Zen was up on the stage and kicked off the night with “I Am Woman” – I made all the women get up on the dance floor to ROAR. And we did. That was one of my favorite moments of the night. All these amazing, strong, wonderful, friends singing and dancing along. Brilliant.
Much of the evening is a blur. I didn’t sit down once.
I wish we had been able to visit each table and hug every guest, we tried to, but the swirl of music just caught us up.
I have a favorite song; a theme song for how I feel about Glenn – “Anchor” by Mindi Gledhill. The DJ played it and Glenn and I now look at the videos and photos that have been sent along to us, and we really understand from what we see in them, just how lucky we are to have found each other. Our whole night was a love song.
Katy Chan and her band got us all dancing again! and again!
OMG – here I go, smiling, just thinking of it all.
We have heard from our friends how much they enjoyed the evening, the music, the food, and the dancing. Many said it was the best party they have ever been to. We have to agree.
But the thing that Glenn and I mostly come away with is that we have the most amazing friends to share such an evening with. A truly eclectic, marvelous bunch of caring, lovely people.
And we raise a glass and toast them for a wonderful night!!
Ria, I love the gratitude that shines through in this post. It is so important to remember and appreciate all that we have. instead of all that we lack. Congrats to you and Glenn for celebrating every moment together and with your friends in SMA!
Thank you!! Yes, we give thanks to each other and all those around us!!