I had the perfect set up for Dan's post graduation party! There are very few places in New Orleans that will allow you to have their party room without a specific catering menu and a huge room rental fee. But, while we were there in October, we stumbled upon a great little place in the French Quarter that had a party room. And, while they normally charge a fee for the room, they said it was their slow time of year so they wouldn't charge me. SCORE!
As soon as graduation was over, George and Melinda (or, our saviors on this trip, as we prefer to call them) went ahead to the place to let them know we were all headed that way. She called me later to say they had no reservation for our party of 29. NO RESERVATION! Keep in mind, I called and confirmed it two weeks in advance AND I stopped by on Thursday of the same week and spoke with the manager myself. Yet, they had NO RESERVATION. I began to have mild panic. Did I mention is rainy and cold that day? Yeah, not the perfect combination to have to trapse up and down the street looking for a place to accommodate 29 people.
As we got closer to the restaurant, Melinda called back to say they found our reservation. Dan let me off close to the door so he could go park. The place was packed. Half of our people were there already. The line was out the door. They had no plans to seat us anytime soon. And, my kids who rode with Sue and Amanda had already been encouraged by a few of our church members to just belly right on up to the bar. So, they did!
We waited (for what seemed like) FOREVER for our tables upstairs. What was initally supposed to be a room to ourselves turned into a shared room with a lot of football fans. Have I mentioned New Orleans was busier than I had ever seen it before? The Louisiana State Football Championships were in town and there were fans everywhere. But, we settled in to a few tables of our people. It wasn't the fun party we had planned. It was more "to each his own." But, it worked. And, fortunately, most of the people who came to celebrate with us were pretty easy going. (Ahem...those who weren't are reading this and know exactly who I'm talking about!!)
Another benefit to the place we booked was the balcony overlooking the French Quarter. But, the rain kept us from fully utilizing it. We were able to take some photos in between the showers.
Even after we were seated, more of our people were still trickling in. Parking was atrocious! Some people had to circle the lots for close to an hour to find a place. It was a serious planning fail! Sorry, friends and family! Had we known the Football peeps were in town, we would have avoided the French Quarter at ALL costs!
We tried (unsuccessfully) over the time together to get a good picture of Rachel and Micah. They are just 3 days apart. One of them never cooperated with the photos. That one would be mine.
Jonah spilled his entire drink at one point. It embarrassed him greatly. Jimmy tried to make him feel better.
Everyone seemed to really enjoy their food. There were lots of comments about it. We certainly loved it when we were there in October. Unfortunately, I only got 2 bites of mine. As I was taking my third bite, Micah gagged on something and threw up his entire meal...right into my plate. So, I snacked on the rest of Amanda's food. There is always a benefit to having skinny friends. They never eat all of their food.
We left their and walked down to Cafe Du Monde. There was another wait there. But, definitely worth the wait! :-)
This one ESPECIALLY loved his!!!
For some reason, the following pictures are from lunch but ended up at the end of the post. Since we are already 3 months past graduation, I'm not prolonging this post anymore by taking the time to fix these. So, pretend we are back at lunch. :-)
It was such a wonderful weekend for our family and special friends. We are so blessed and encouraged by the love shown to Dan. The trips made from Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and other parts of Louisiana speak volumes to us. Your love and encouragement to our family means more than you will EVER know. This weekend will always hold such a special place in our hearts.