The Bunco Night Without Me

One of the best things I did this year was join a Bunco group.  I had never played Bunco before, didn’t even know what it was.  I thought it was a card game!  There are 12 ladies in the group and we each have a month that we host the night in our home.  My month was May.  No one likes a party better than me.  No one likes to entertain better than me.  No one likes to see people enjoying themselves while eating my food more than me.   Sadly, I missed the entire night.

I had been decorating, planning and cooking for a week.  I was so excited to have the ladies in my home.  I had everything done except for putting the pasta in the oven.  About 3p.m. I received a phone call that my Mother-in-Law, Vivian, had fallen and broken her hip.  She lives in a Memory Care facility and I knew I needed to get to her quickly because she would be very confused with the surroundings around her.  I called my girl, Paige, and told her she was in charge of hosting Bunco because Grandma was in the ER.  She dropped everything and stepped in at the last minute and hosted like a pro….she is my daughter after all!  So while I had this great ladies night going on in my home, I was in the ER with Viv.

It is impossible for me to just serve dinner.  I try, but I can’t do it.  I want guests to fully engage in the meal and the night, so I always have a theme that the meal is centered around.  I chose a beach theme with emphasis on pineapples and flamingos.

Flamingos and pineapples are EVERYWHERE and most of them are in my home!  

“Let’s Flamingle”! Have you ever seen cuter water bottles?! I printed the labels and taped them on the bottles. It took the water station for drab to …..wait for it…..FLAMINGEOUS!
I found these glasses at Dollar Tree! I couldn’t believe when I walked in the door and these cuties were set up on a table.

These little hanging flamingos were also a Dollar Tree find.
Every beach themed dinner must have a mermaid.


My little tea cart all decked out with pineapples.
If you come to my house, you are going to get a cupcake. On beach night, you will get a pina colada and strawberry daiquiri cupcake!


Everything taste better in a jar, even peach cobbler!


My Paige put this adorable veggie tray together. I think my eyes may have gotten misty when I saw this, I was so proud.  She just proved even deeper my DNA is inside her.
Paige snapped a quick picture of the table before the ladies starting filling their plates. The pasta was stuffed shells….get it….shells….the beach…..I crack myself up!  The cups at the far end of the table were filled with pasta salad.

From the sweet texts and emails I received from the ladies, Paige was the perfect hostess and made the very best of a tough situation by stepping in at the  last minute.  It was a strange night for me to say the least.  It was very weird sitting in the ER while a party was going on in my home.  Everything turned out great.  Paige handled the night like a pro and Viv got her hip repaired.  

I hope you enjoyed seeing my Bunco Beach Night!

Love ya,

Jody and Edna




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