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!
Wonderful ideas!!! Thank you so much for sharing this information about such a great occasion! Cindy, your ideas always helpful and creative.
Sandra in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 15, 2013 at 10:59 am
Everyone calls Paula dean because i cook for friends and family and they say i talk like Paula tho i am 71and never as pretty as Paula i want to be like Paula i love her and her family
normal maskell in The Great Party Challenge on June 12, 2013 at 10:11 am
Susan Lott is a great party planner! She has tons of great ideas that she needs to share with the online world. I have been begging her to start a Facebook page or Etsy account. The graduation gift that she made me was hand drawn with my name and different definitions for each letter. She framed it and I cherish it.....I also would have paid about $50 for it in a store. Thanks for sharing her idea but this idea is nothing compared to some of her other quick and money saving tips! You should hire her for your creative team!
Love you Susu!
Adrienne Hilliard in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm
I love this idea!! It is too cute!
Sandi K in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm