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All Dressed Up For The Party 
Apr. 22, 2013 1:42 pm 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2013 3:44 pm

Yep, serape fits.

lutzflcat asked me, "Where's the sombrero?"

Oh yeah, hold on a minute.

OK, there and it fits.

jrbaker said, "That thing needs a mustache."

Um, yes but I don't have one.

CindyLepp, "Black construction paper."

Good idea CindyLepp. OK, working on it, stand by.


Senor Sauza!


Start out in Southern California with a beautiful and awesome hostess, Marianne and...

...and her equally awesome husband...

..., thank them for allowing us into their beautiful home for such a great party.

Chillin' before the party.

Surround yourself with gorgeous ladies, lot's of Sauza Tequila and you have the beginnings of the most memorable party this side of the Mississippi.

(l to r) Marianne, Cathy Meyers, Baking Nana, mauigirl, Candice, Noemi, 1st Lady, Gabriella and gammaray (xray barb).

Set up for some fun and drinks.

Photo courtesy of Marianne.

mauigirl with her incredible knack for decorating.

Photo courtesy of Baking Nana.

Get ready to mix margarita recipes.

Baking Nana, "That's a lot of Sauza Tequila for one drink." Marianne, "No look here, servings for 8." Baking Nana, "Whew, had me worried."

Nine > Sauza recipes from were tested and I believe that the Simply Classic Sauza(R)-Rita came out on top.

The abundance of homemade foods were incredible. Too many photos and too little time to post all. This blog could have easily turn into three parts but then again maybe not. I would have to change all of the names to protect the innocent.

Now for the group photo.

Hurry up!

Note to self: Set timer on camera for a longer time.

There! I made it.

What a great group of people and fun.

Thank you again Marianne for hosting a great party.

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Apr. 22, 2013 1:55 pm
LOL!!! Love it...Love it...Love it! I wish I was there! Looks like soooo much fun! =D
Apr. 22, 2013 2:00 pm
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! What a group effert! You guys make us so proud to be AR Peeps! XOXO
Apr. 22, 2013 2:05 pm
Great job! Can you invite me to the next one? ;-)
Apr. 22, 2013 2:07 pm
Lillian - It was a blast! If you ever get the chance to go to a gathering of AR people you won't regret it.
Apr. 22, 2013 2:07 pm
It sure was a blast and over way too soon, if you ask me!! Brian you did a fabulous job with the blog!! I always have such a great time with all of you! I am so glad Gabriela and I could be there to share in the fun. I am truly blessed!! Special thanks to Marianne for hosting. I vote we make the margarita party an annual event!!
Apr. 22, 2013 2:08 pm
Cindy - Thank you. Yes it definitely was a group effort with the food and fun.
Apr. 22, 2013 2:10 pm
LadyJalapeno - Thank you. You are always invited.
Apr. 22, 2013 2:12 pm
Noemi - Annual event, now there you go. Good idea. A block of rooms might be in order. Great to see you again.
Apr. 22, 2013 2:13 pm
OMG. It was just one of those magical memorable times that each person incredibly added his/her own touch to----a total group effort of magnificent proportions. Thank you so much, every last one of you!
Apr. 22, 2013 2:18 pm
Marianne - You couldn't have said it better, "It was just one of those magical memorable times." Thank you for inviting us and hosting the party.
Apr. 22, 2013 2:21 pm
It was so totally our pleasure! Hubby just didn't know he'd have that much fun---he really didn't.
Apr. 22, 2013 2:29 pm
Marianne - You mean to tell me he thought it was going to be a tea party? Fooled him didn't we.
Apr. 22, 2013 2:30 pm
I think that is so true Marianne!! Truly magical and so needed by some of us for sure!! BTW, I think No Baking Papa was right there with Russ, they just didn't realize what a fun group we can be!! Especially after so many drinks!! LOL!!
Apr. 22, 2013 2:34 pm
My neighbors and my friend Barbara also had a great time! They were just right there with us!
Apr. 22, 2013 2:38 pm
The blog is cutting off the group photo. If you want to see the full photo just click on it.
Apr. 22, 2013 3:00 pm
So bright, sunny, and colorful. Looks like you had the perfect weather for a tequila party in Marianne's beautiful back yard. Great post!
Apr. 22, 2013 3:06 pm
Valerie's Kitchen - The weather was perfect along with the friendship. What a great day.
Apr. 22, 2013 3:17 pm
Great blog from a Great group of Fabulous folks!! And Brian don't think I didn't notice no Debbie, lol who drove You home? lol. xoxox
Apr. 22, 2013 3:23 pm
I will smile at these pictures all night! Thanks, Brian!
Apr. 22, 2013 3:29 pm
Patty Cakes - She couldn't make it but I did book a room close by. Thank you.
Apr. 22, 2013 3:41 pm
Wonderful blog.Beautiful back yard,beautiful people,what more could you want?You all must have had a blast.The photos are just great,glad you all had fun.
Apr. 22, 2013 3:42 pm
Bibi - Thanks. We missed you. As you well know this is a fun group of people.
Apr. 22, 2013 3:42 pm
What a great blog and fabulous photos. Are all those smiles from good friends having a fun time or is that Sauza kickin' in?? Looks like you had a blast. Thanks for sharing Brian, and Marianne, looks like you really are the Hostess Extraordinaire!!
Apr. 22, 2013 3:44 pm
manella - Thank you for stopping in. Isn't Marianne's backyard awesome? Perfect place for having fun.
Apr. 22, 2013 3:54 pm
What a party we had! The weather was perfect, the food was fabulous and the best part of all was the terrific people who came together to celebrate. I can't remember having such a great time. And, you Barney Fife were a hoot! This AR party will not be soon forgotten!
Apr. 22, 2013 4:22 pm
Love the group photo!
Apr. 22, 2013 4:27 pm
Fun blog, great photos! Glad every one had a wonderful time! Wish I could've been there!
Apr. 22, 2013 4:31 pm
Hi ~Lissa~ Marianne told me that your baby is so beautiful. Congratulations and can't wait to see you again and your sweet baby girl. You were missed too BTW!
Apr. 22, 2013 4:32 pm
Hi ~Lissa~ Marianne told me that your baby is so beautiful. Congratulations and can't wait to see you again and your sweet baby girl. You were missed too BTW!
Apr. 22, 2013 4:37 pm
lutzflcat - All those smiles are from the fun. We could really have that much fun if we were drinking coffee. Marianne is the Hostess Extraordinaire!
Apr. 22, 2013 4:38 pm
What a great fun time you guys all had! I've been to one AR gathering and certainly hope to make it to more. Everyone is just so great! Beautiful pics and a beautiful place to have a party!
Apr. 22, 2013 4:41 pm
Candice - In my best Barney Fife imitation, eyes bugged out, gun in hand, shaking. Andy I think we've go a dangerously fun party going on here. Great to see you again and to be able to meet Orange.
Apr. 22, 2013 4:43 pm
Paula - Thank you. A great time was had. We need to get you out to the west coast.
Apr. 22, 2013 4:47 pm
*~Lissa~* - Thank you. Wish you could have been here too. Next time maybe with your husband and baby. We missed you.
Apr. 22, 2013 4:51 pm
Such a good time with great peeps. Wish I could have been there. Now that really would have been a surprise!
Apr. 22, 2013 4:53 pm
Such a good time with great peeps. Wish I could have been there. Now that really would have been a surprise!
Apr. 22, 2013 4:54 pm
Well my comment was so sincere, I posted it twice.
Apr. 22, 2013 4:58 pm
Magnolia Blossom - I thought for sure you would pop in, really. Darn, we missed your surprise visit. Oh well, next time. We really need to start booking rooms for these gatherings. One day isn't enough.
Apr. 22, 2013 5:19 pm
I just pulled out all the leftover food to survey it! We won't have to cook for a while.
Apr. 22, 2013 5:21 pm
Oops! The above was really me! I got signed in now! I also wanted to say that we went through a case of water from Costco! Not much alcohol, really.
Apr. 22, 2013 6:41 pm
I am so glad you had such a great time, love the blog and the photos. I know I don't have to tell you how I feel about not being able to be there.
Apr. 22, 2013 6:44 pm
Apr. 22, 2013 7:57 pm
Brian: Looks like a fantastic get-together with so many AR peeps! Doesn't get much better than that. Would have loved to have been there with my SoCal friends. Save me a spot for next year!
Apr. 22, 2013 8:04 pm
Bikerfamily, you'd better darned well count on it!
Apr. 22, 2013 8:06 pm
Joey Joan - Thank you. I know that your roundup will work out. Wish you could have been here. It doesn't take much for us to get together.
Apr. 22, 2013 8:13 pm
bikerfamily - Spot saved! Get down here. Marianne, Baking Nana and mauigirl are the best hostesses. What fun we've had. They certainly raise the bar when it comes to round-ups.
Apr. 22, 2013 10:14 pm
I thank God for allowing me to find all you wonderful people! [Candice changed my site job title from designated driver to bag lady ;)] SO much fun - Every. Single. Time. With these WONDERFUL friends!!!!!
Apr. 22, 2013 10:21 pm
I may have to think about moving to CA. You clearly all know how to have fun. Thanks for including us by sharing your pictures.
Apr. 22, 2013 11:18 pm
Wonderful blog Brian. What a fabulous day! GREAT food, the best friends and tons of laughs! Who can ask for more? Thanks to Marianne for hosting another wonderful gathering! Oh and thanks to you, Brian for playing tourist with the camera hanging around your neck all day! Well done!
Apr. 23, 2013 12:13 am
Thanks for posting this vent! It looks like you folks had lots of fun! It is so nice to see what my friends really look like since I probably won't get to see you in person.
Apr. 23, 2013 4:11 am
What a great deal of fun that looked like! Thanks for sharing it. IT brings back painful memories of getting sick on tequila. Of course I had gotten drunk of scotch earlier and that might have had something to do with it... Ah my younger days. They seem like a blur. For good reason!
Apr. 23, 2013 6:44 am
Brian-What fun you all had! I love all the photos- Everyone is having a great time. Did you all have some Mexican food to go with the margaritas?
Apr. 23, 2013 7:10 am
What a great blog to look at as I watch the rain turn into a solid here! Great photos! How could you go wrong with all those great people?!
Apr. 23, 2013 7:56 am
OM Garsh! *blinking tears* Some of my fav peeps all in one place! :) Great pics! LOVE!!! I'm certain you all had a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing bd :)
Apr. 23, 2013 8:05 am
Paula T - Thank you. Who would have thought that friends from AR could gather together and have this much fun?
Apr. 23, 2013 8:16 am
TheBagLady (= No matter what your name is we will always recognize that smile. What a great party. Now if I can only get that recipe for those brownies...
Apr. 23, 2013 8:25 am
BigShotsMom - No need to move. Just come and visit us. The wife and I have plenty of room for you. It doesn't take much for all of us to get together.
Apr. 23, 2013 8:35 am
Bueno !
Apr. 23, 2013 8:43 am
Baking Nana - Thank you. Marianne really out did herself. I wish I could have posted all (108) of the pictures. I just can't believe how a group of people from all walks of life with one common bond - AR - can have so much fun.
Apr. 23, 2013 8:56 am
sueb - I'm thinking positive here that a day will come when we can all get together with you too.
Apr. 23, 2013 8:59 am
Doc Simonson - Congrats on the Cook of the Week. I'm not much of a tequila drinker but there were a couple of keepers. I prefer the sudsy stuff.
Apr. 23, 2013 9:05 am
Lela - Mexican food galore. I'm limited to characters on here but the posole, Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting, Mexican Shrimp Cocktails...I could go on forever.
Apr. 23, 2013 9:10 am
Cat Hill - Thank you. Great people indeed. I feel like I'm stealing Marianne's spotlight. Maybe she will do a blog, hint, hint.
Apr. 23, 2013 9:13 am
LadySparkle - I missed meeting you at mauigirl's first roundup but you are still on my short list.
Apr. 23, 2013 9:14 am
Doug Matthews - Gracias!
Apr. 23, 2013 9:35 am
You guys are SO funny! Those were "Mexican brownies." Candice will tell you - L!O!L! I'm on my phone till later, and recipe links share funky )= I will share the link, later, when I'm at the computer (=
Apr. 23, 2013 9:49 am
Bahahahaha!!! Great pics!!! All the food was to die for, and our talented mixologist Marriane served up some amazing drinks!! We had such a great time...but then with you guys, when do I not. Thanks again everyone.
Apr. 23, 2013 9:51 am
Hey Doc and Doug do you see that The round up for Atlantic City will work out and it doesn't take much for us all to get together.!!!! My Blog will go up this week.
Apr. 23, 2013 10:03 am
TheBagLady (= Thank you - bagged it!
Apr. 23, 2013 10:08 am
1st Lady - It was great fun! Good seeing you again. Time goes by so fast when we get together.
Apr. 23, 2013 10:10 am
Joey Joan - Steal some of my photos and show them how fun AR gatherings can be. I know you guys will have a great time.
Apr. 23, 2013 10:52 am
It was a PERFECT day! Marianne really did such a nice job and the food and drink supplied by everyone was the best! Thanks for sharing the photos Brian. Can't wait for the next one.......MAUI anyone?
Apr. 23, 2013 11:30 am
mauigirl - It was you that started my journey onto meeting the most amazing people. Thank you for that invite to you second roundup. Marianne did an awesome job as well as you and others. I can't thank Marianne enough for putting this together.
Apr. 23, 2013 11:49 am
I will and thank you bd.
Apr. 23, 2013 3:14 pm
I really enjoyed meeting you all. I think the group photo couldn't have been any better. I told you I was photogenic.
Apr. 23, 2013 3:51 pm
Thanks Sauza...thanks Allstars, too FUN!!!
Apr. 24, 2013 8:27 am
orangezest - It was great to meet you. It was a fun day at Marianne's but short on time to visit. You and Candice have a safe trip home.
Apr. 24, 2013 8:28 am
cookin - Thank you for looking in.
Apr. 24, 2013 2:16 pm
Thanks for letting us peek in on your good time! What fun!
Apr. 25, 2013 8:18 am
Indiana Peggy - Your welcome and thank you for looking in. We had a blast.
Apr. 25, 2013 8:37 am
What a great group of people. Everyone looks like they have been lifelong friends. Thanks for sharing.
Apr. 25, 2013 10:29 am
Love it! I'm really diggin' those eyeglasses! They look great on everyone! Senor Sauza is also pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing your photos and a glimpse into Marianne's wonderful party!
Apr. 25, 2013 10:32 am
Marie C.- When you meet people from AR you really do feel as though you have been lifelong friends. Thank you.
Apr. 25, 2013 10:40 am
Mi ~ (a PRO at) Being Mi - Marianne and her husband hosted a great party. So much fun was had by all. I got the margarita goggles, hat and serape for Senor Sauza at Party City.
Apr. 25, 2013 11:02 am
Mother Ann - I read your post and forgot to respond. I wish I could have blamed it on "disappearing posts" but I can't. Thank you for looking in. I agree, it seems there just isn't enough gatherings after you've been to one.
Apr. 25, 2013 11:58 am
What an awesome party! Looks like fun libations, terrific food, wonderful surroundings and best of all, great people! Thanks for sharing, Brian! What fun!
Apr. 25, 2013 12:12 pm
mickdee - Thank you. All the credit goes to Marianne for putting this together and the friends that showed up.
Apr. 25, 2013 12:23 pm
Awesome photos! It looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Now you have to do it again for Cinco de Mayo! ; )
Apr. 25, 2013 12:51 pm
happyschmoopies - It certainly was fun. What a great day. Cinco de Mayo? Hmm...
Apr. 25, 2013 8:51 pm
You are an awesome host. It was great hanging out with such a wonderful group. Sorry I had to leave early. Hope the arroz con leche was enjoyed by all.
Apr. 25, 2013 9:09 pm
Listen, now, bd.weld! I only cleaned up my house and then I ordered all my lovely friends to do the work! Including YOU, bd! All the food was so yummy. Lovecakes, the arroz con leche was much admired by all. There was a little left that went to my daughter's teacher friends who totally devoured it in seconds! Cleaned it up! I love you all!
Apr. 26, 2013 9:27 am
lovecakes - It was great meeting you! I've had the opportunity to be invited into the homes of mauigirl, Baking Nana and Marianne's, all wonderful hosts. I really don't know how I would top those - unbelievable.
Apr. 26, 2013 12:51 pm
Thank bd. They are all great hostesses. I hope to see you all soon.
Apr. 28, 2013 7:46 pm
Great photos!
Apr. 29, 2013 9:00 am
House of Aqua - Thank you. Great people make great photos.
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