- Rachel: [answering the phone] Hello? Vegas? Yes, we would like some more alcohol. And you know, we would like some more beers, too… hello? Oh, wait… I forgot to dial!
- [There is a knock at the door.]
- Ross: That must be our alcohol and beers! –Friends
Saturday was Match and Chandler’s joint birthday party. It turned out to be such a blast! Where do I start with the shenanigans that was the party. At first, we just had a few people trickle in, starting with LAX Guy and Baker Chick. We got a chance to visit with them before Match’s cousin showed up as a surprise that I had planned. Match was so excited because he didn’t even know his cousin was in town. 🙂
Then after about ten minutes, people just started pouring in. All of a sudden I was in full hostess mode, making pizzas, getting drinks for people, and loving every minute of it. Have I mentioned how much I love hosting parties?
Things were a little cramped in our tiny duplex, but we made it work. At one point we were at full capacity, with some people having to stand because there was literally no room to sit. We counted them out the next day and there were 25 people in our tiny living room, dining area, and kitchen!
Almost all of the main characters that I talk about on the blog were there, except for Couple Friends who had other plans. Couple Wife was bummed she missed such a huge turnout too. Old Married Couple came by, but they aren’t too into crowds and left pretty early. Birthday Twin showed up, but he was kind of in a weird mood. We ended up having an awkward conversation about the wedding and how he was bummed he can’t bring his girlfriend (who Match and I haven’t even met). I felt bad, but our guest list is already so long. He left pretty early, and I was kind of relieved. There was just this air of uncomfortable energy around us. Maybe I’m the only one who sensed it, but he did seem to get this shadow across his face when we talked about the wedding. Still, he came out and he was friendly and sweet to Match. He even gave Match a nice bottle of wine which was so nice.
Outdoor Couple came…as a couple again! I was excited, but also a little sad for Outdoor Guy. She left early because she wasn’t feeling well and he told me she hates big groups. I asked him if they were back together and he said, “Are we spending a lot of time together again? Yes. Are all of our problems solved? No.” I wished him luck and told him as long as he’s happy that’s what’s important.
There are a couple of friends in Chandler’s group that I haven’t mentioned before. They are all friends of Match’s that he’s had since high school that we’ve recently gotten back in touch with. They don’t all live close by, so we don’t always get together. There’s our Token Gay Guys (they just got engaged too!) who are hilarious and adorable. There’s Single Gal, who is a total blast and perpetually single. I told her she’s going to have her pick of guys at our wedding to hang out with since I have a lot of single male friends. Tahoe Couple came out too, driving the 3 hour trek in the snow just to celebrate with us. They are hysterical, and can drink us all under the table.
We started the night off with a big group game of Community Cup. Chandler brought the boot!
After a few rounds, I busted out the cupcakes for the boys’ birthday and we sang a very off key rendition of the birthday song.
The cupcakes were rainbow chip with rainbow chip frosting. As I told Tahoe Girl, “Rainbow Chip not Funfetti. Funfetti is the bastard child of Rainbow Chip and if I see it I will throw it on the ground!” Yes, I had a few beers at that point. But Rainbow Chip really is the best.
At one point we played Kings and Assholes. If you were the Asshole, you had to wear the Sock Monkey Hat.
The night lasted until 2am, with 10 people still there at the end of the night. We had a great time, a definite success.
Sunday morning we met up with Tahoe Couple, Chandler and his brother for our hangover breakfast. After breakfast and promises of visiting Tahoe Couple on their turf, we went home to recover and clean up the aftermath of the party. Chandler came back over with pizza and the three of us watched the Superbowl. After the game, which I wasn’t really watching. At that point I was just trying not to puke, Match and I watched the Biggest Loser. I’m not a big fan of reality tv, but I think this show actually spreads a good message. A rare thing for drama ridden reality tv shows. I mean here are these obese people, making a real effort to change their lives and their health, without resorting to bariatric surgery. I found myself so motivated by the show. If these people can work hard and get in shape, I absolutely have zero excuses. Especially after eating about five or six Rainbow Chip cupcakes, and all of that beer… I need to get my butt back to the gym!!