Monday, April 21, 2014

BIG Weekend!!!

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a nice Easter celebration with your family.  We had a very fun and busy weekend!  I have a lot to share.  Starting with Saturday night.  My brother David organized a little surprise party for our Mom's birthday.  Her birthday isn't actually til next week, but this way she would not suspect anything.  David had told  us of a fabulous restaurant that he had been to a few times.  He was recently at a retirement party for a good friend of his there.  The restaurant has a wine cellar that can be reserved for special occasions.  It only seats about 10-12, so this was just to be the boys and I, along with our spouses, and Mom's brother Johnny and his wife Sue, and then on the day of the surprise, my niece Deanna had asked Grandma if she could go to dinner on Saturday night to celebrate their birthdays, as they always celebrate together.  So Deanna came along too.  My brother David and his wife Glenda picked Mom and Deanna up.  Mom thought that they were just going to dinner at Gabbi's.  She wasn't aware of the party that was waiting for her down below in the cellar. The restaurant is an upscale Mexican restaurant in the Orange Circle, in the city of Orange.  We arrived and were escorted through the kitchen, and down a steep stairway, to the secret gem of a room below.  It actually does serve as their wine cellar.  When you walk in, the first room you see is where the dining table is set up.   It was beautifully set, and awaiting our party.
Set with heavy gold glass chargers, and silver for several courses.  The menu for the night was placed at each setting  There were rose petals scattered down along the center of the table, and an arched candle holder with tea lights illuminating the scene.  The room was quite dark, which only added to the allure and charm of the room we were in.
There were dark fabric scarves thrown over the lampshades, and more red rose petals strewn about the tables in the room.
The furniture was bold, and ornate.  I felt like we were in Spain.   The cabinet in the dining room held specialty bottles of tequilas.
Just beyond the dining room, was a cozy sitting room, where we had cocktails and waited for our Mom to arrive.  It was furnished with down filled, die cut leather chairs, and a red velvet sofa.  The floor was brick, and the bottles of wine, were nestled all around us in cubby holes, and some were behind rusted wrought iron doors.

My little brother said he felt like he was on The Pirates Of The Caribbean.
 There were candles everywhere, the dripping wax coated wine barrels and statues.

We enjoyed visiting with one another, looking around, and perhaps a cocktail or two. My brother Mark, and his wife Monica.
Greg and I.
 Before long, my brother phoned to let me know that they were on their way down to the cellar.  Mom thought she was getting a tour of the room before they went to their seat.  She was completely surprised!  I couldn't get a good shot though because the rooms were so dark. We all quieted down, and waited for her to come in, shouting SURPRISE when she did.  The look on her face, was pure shock!
I LOVE this photo of her!  She looks so happy!  And my gosh, how beautiful is she?  This is my brother David in the rust colored shirt.  He is standing next to Orlando, our head waiter for the evening.  He was fantastic, and his attention to detail was incredible.
We were served two appetizers while in the sitting room.  The first one was a seared jumbo shrimp, with  lime and avocado sauce.  Outstanding!
Next we had a tiny tostada with Black Berkshire Pork, on a masa tortilla, with cabbage and yummy sauce. Topped with a shaved radish. Served on a banana leaf.   UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
After appetizers, we gathered at the dining table, and the exquisite food continued, one delicious course at a time.
Each course that was served, came with a waiter for every one of us, setting our plates down in perfect unison.  Each time, the beauty of the dish amazed me.  And each time, I thought surely, THIS one must be the best thing I have ever eaten!  But no, another course would come, and again, I said the same thing.  The flavors were out of this world.  Each dish was a piece of art.
Before our main course was served, a palate cleansing sorbet of cilantro and cucumber was brought out.  I loved this too!!  It is in the upper right box of above photo.  I chose the grouper, and Greg had the beef.  It was divine.  Each bite, melted in your mouth!  We had our waiter take a group photo of us at the table.
That is my little brother Tim standing next to me, behind Mom and Deanna, Tim's youngest.
Deanna is a senior in high school, and we weren't sure if she would like this kind of dining or not. But she loved it.  And she had a lot of fun.  Here she is posing by the cabinet of skulls, in her dress with skulls.
Look at those shoes!!!!  Isn't she darling!!!
I think the only dish I didn't get a photo of was dessert.  I must have been so excited to eat it, that I forgot.  It was superb!  Here is the menu.
Sorry for the blurry shot.  A few random shots of the night.
You can see that all of my brothers and I are gray.  My Dad was completely gray in his thirties!  I began at about that age too, and here we all are...completely gray.  Not Mom though!  Just her children!!!

What a fabulous night!  SO fun to see my Mom enjoy  herself so much!  She has been through a terribly stressful time with her recent health scare and all.  So this was especially important to all of us.  Thank you David, for putting this together!  Happy, Happy Birthday Mommy!!!  And Happy, Happy Birthday to my beautiful niece too!!!!!
Come on back tomorrow for BIG news!!!
XO  Kris


Teresa Kasner said...

Big news? What??? That looks like a totally fun time and I bet the food was amazing!

*H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your Mom from your blog pal in Oregon!

You are all beautiful, each and every one of you.

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Home Meadows said...

What a fun evening. Happy birthday to your Mom. Very kind of your brother to organize such a special night. Thank you for sharing it. Hope you have a wonderful day. Heather

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Now that is what I consider a Big Celebration for sure!! What a lovely surprise for your mom and such a special place. The food looked amazing and so beautifully prepared. You looked so beautiful and I loved your outfit.
Happy Birthday to your mom, she is looking fabulous after all she has gone through. Mom's are the best!
Thanks for sharing, xoRobin

Valerie Ratliff said...

Wow that is so cool.

It is beautiful. I wish we had something here like that. So glad your mom is doing better, what a blessing.

Hope you had a fabulous Easter,

Cottage Making Mommy

Debbie said...

Oh Kris how wonderful! Everything about this looks soo good...from the decor to the food to the wonderful company. So glad you were all able to gather like that and celebrate your mom. What a memory for her! She looks soo good and soo happy!

Karen L. Bates said...

What a fabulous party for your Mom, she must have loved it! Everyone looks like they had a great time and that place and food is to die for...yummy!

Deb~in~Denver said...

What an wonderful surprise! Such a cozy setting and all of the food looks delicious! You and your mom look SO much alike, both so beautiful! Your niece is adorable, how sweet that she and your mom always celebrate their birthdays together. Such good pictures of all of you! Can't wait to hear your BIG news!

Bethany said...

How nice!!! I love all the candles! And your neice's red shoes :)

Patrica said...

What a fabulous celebration and so much fun. Your family is just darling and I know how much your mom appreciated the attention. That restaurant is something else and the food looks out of this world!

Diane said...

Oh What a Night!!!!!

First, thank you to my son, David for planning this most wonderful celebration.
Now, to my daughter, Kristy's, blogging friends.
Thank you all for your kind words and well wishes.


Betsy said...

What a beautiful celebration of LIFE!!!! Your family looks as if they enjoy each others company so much and that restaurant is amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us. Your Mom is gorgeous and looks like she is having the time of her life.
Gosh, I'm looking forward to the BIG news now. Apparently this fabulous restaurant wasn't BIG enough! :-)

Grammy Staffy said...

What a wonderful evening for a beautiful family. I've never heard of such a nice place. How special for your mom.

Mereknits said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom, she looks like she is feeling fantastic! I am so glad you had this wonderful time together to celebrate the wonderful woman she is.

podso said...

What an amazing time. You described it so well I felt like I was there. What a wonderful memory for you all. And doubly sweet with your mom's good health report.

Gracie Saylor said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mom, Kris, and thanks so much for letting us enjoy the surprise celebration, too! Wonder Full :) Blessings to you all xx PS More Big News????????????

Pam said...

Yay! What a fabulous night! I would totally love that kind of dining experience and I am sure your mother was so thankful & happy.

corners of my life said...

Fun party!
Oh . . . and I love your blouse.

Susanne said...

What a clever way surprise your mom. The restaurant sounds awesome. I'm so glad things have turned out well for her and that all of you could celebrate life and another year of God's goodness and blessings. Hope there are many more.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)