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Lapsed anthropologist-turned-burlesque performer and post-modern punk housewife/homesteader living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a hunky husband, gorgeous daughter, adorable corgi, fluffy rabbit, and three clucking fabulous chickens.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July Tiki Lounge Party

Mr. Bear and I have become quite the party animals. Our beautiful house, dubbed Ft. McAwesome, has become the entertaining house in our circle, something we've worked for. We threw a 4th of July/birthday party for our friend this past Saturday, and it was a blast. The theme was 1960's Tiki Lounge, and people were encouraged to dress up.

My potting bench was cleaned and brought inside to be set up as a bar for one of our friends who is a professional bartender and had offered to work the party as a birthday gift to Jana. Crystal brought her collection of tiki-themed barware to serve drinks in and came up with a drink menu for guests to order from. I supplied her with fresh mint from my garden for the mint juleps.

Early in the evening, when everything was more or less organized and fully-stocked.

She's one of the best bartenders in the city, and I don't just say that because she's a friend.

The swizzle sticks were a big hit.

Many, many drinks later...

The menu.

Butters got some love early on in the evening, but she got way overheated later in the night and I moved her downstairs in Ponyo's kennel. It's much cooler in the basement. Butters is going to get sheared here pretty soon. Ponyo loved all the attention she was getting, but the disappearance of her kennel left her a bit agitated.

Jana, the birthday girl, in pink, and surrounded by stylish ladies.

All told, I think we had around 35 people. I'm happy our house was able to accomodate that quite comfortably. Much better than the tiny house we lived in previously. The back deck is perfect for barbeques. Mr. Bear brought my cutting table down from the craft attic and set it up like a buffet table outside, while the kitchen table held dishes, silverware, and buns. We went through dozens of burgers and hot dogs, meat and veggie alike. Mr. Bear is very good about keeping the veggie and meat foods separate.
Everyone got into the costumed spirit of the evening, most having obtained somewhat-retro styles at the thrift stores earlier that week. The hair was amazing in of itself.

Both these women are hairstylists and have awesome color in their coifs.

Even the badass Goths among us got into the retro action.

Mr. Bear, having his first alcoholic drink since we've known each other.

I spent a large chink of the evening shucking a dozen ears of corn for the grill, after which I indulged in quite a few drinks prepared by our awesome bartender, and the evening is a bit blurry. I remember hula hooping and playing the ukulele at the same time, which no one had a good picture of, and everyone playing Just Dance 2 on the wii. I also discovered a myriad pictures on my camera that were taken by many guests and paint a colorful, if disjointed picture of the rest of the evening. I leave you to piece together your own narrative:

Happy 4th of July!

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