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!
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm