When you’ve had as many birthdays as I’ve been lucky to have, there’s not much more that a woman, a mother, grandmother, wife, or sister can ask for. You see, I’ve been so blessed in life to have such a loving and precious family that, well, I just feel down right guilty asking for anything more. Any opportunity for all of us to sit around the dinner table and cut up and remember the good old days is a time worth celebrating to me. (To this day, I still remember making Bobby his is favorite caramel cake each year for his birthday- a tradition we still uphold.)
Last year, though, my clever Creative Director, Brandon Branch, had other plans for me. He pulled off the biggest surprise birthday party any girl could wish for. If y’all know me like he does, then you ‘re well aware how much I love a good mystery. Flipping through the suspense-filled pages of a novel is one of my favorite pastimes. So with that in mind, Brandon and the rest of my wonderful friends threw a murder mystery dinner party that was to die for! (Pun entirely intended.)
Y’all, I had such a hoot! The best part was that all of the guests were required to dress up as characters of the mystery plot. These weren’t just any run of the mill characters though. Each guest was assigned a character that was just a little bit out of the ordinary. For example, my amazing scheduler and favorite gal from Kentucky, Sarah Meighen, dressed up as a Hollywood actress promoting her newest movie…as a vampire bride! The always hysterical and ever-stylish Senior Food Editor, Libbie Summers, donned a habit and came as a nun, and let me tell you, that sister needed a prayer or two! Y’all, my son Jamie was the butler. He was hysterical! He wore this funny little mustache, and he said it was the perfect role for him, because he could carry his drink on a tray all evening. And finally, my beloved agent and business manager Barry was the murderer. It was such a fun and unforgettable night!
Brandon found the perfect setting for our evening full of mystery. He rented this beautiful villa in historic downtown Savannah from our friend, Robbie Bell. I felt like I was stepping right out of the pages of one of my favorite novels! The wonderful Susan Mason catered the evening, and Brandon ordered my cake from the fabulous Back in the Day Bakery. The food, the guests, the memories- it was all such a fabulous evening, and one that I know I will remember for years to come.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Take a look at some of the hilarious photos from the party. Even though it was a year ago now, I still crack up just lookin’ at them!
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Join Paula and family for a Party at Sea aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas to Labadee, Jamaica, and Cozumel (roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale) presented by Alice Travel. We will be having special, separate events for kids on this one with Jack Deen hosting the kids program! Click here for more information, and please note that the Paula Deen cruise is only available by booking directly with Alice Travel Book now before the prices start going up on the cruise and air!