Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Fall Luncheon

Yesterday I had the priviledge of co-hosting a table at our school's annual Fall Luncheon fundraiser. Five months of planning, gathering supplies and learning about our table's theme culminated in a beautiful table, 40 very pleased guests and five happy but tired hostesses.

This year's theme was "United Nations", so each of the 12 tables represented a different country. We were China, and were joined by Ireland, Nigeria, the USA, France, Jamaica, Mexico, and Italy, among others. No matter the theme, lunch is always the same: traditional turkey and ham with mashed potatoes and all the fixings. A little strange when you are sitting with your chopsticks in China or with your chips and salsa in Mexico, but what can you do?

This event has been going on at our school for decades, and brings the parish and school together like nothing else. All three priests were there, several sisters from the nearby convent, both school principals, and lots and lots of parishoners who otherwise are not tied to the school, but may have been in years past and continue to love this event. There is so much history and goodwill in the room that you can't help but feel good just being there.

Following are some photos of our table and serving area.

Wine bottles, properly dressed for a trip to China:

Our honored guests:

The lion's head, made by hand by one of our hostess' moms:

We were delighted to win "best table", as demonstrated by monetary votes of the guests.

As tired as I am, I'm already looking forward to next year.


antonia said...

wow! It certainly looks like it was a lovely event..and a lot of work!!
Congratulations on winning!

Jen said...

You have a blog!! AWESOME! Got your address from Jennifer who I found on myspace!!!
Beautiful children Suz. It is so wonderful to see you guys. Tell me, how do you poat your photos? I still have not figure that one out. Love the costumes, and I LOVE YOU!


nutmeg said...

Beautifully done!

No wonder you guys took first place!

Annie Bizzi said...

Ahhh...brings back memories. I miss our collaborations, but so glad you are having a good time with your new school community. You look so cute, by the way--I didn't realize the Chinese made such flattering maternity outfits!

Jen said...

Yes it's ME Silly!
Send me your digits! My email is:, or