My Secret Adventure (Part 10)

September 1, 2011

UNA AMERICANA EN BUENOS AIRES SOIRÈE

 HOSTED BY: ANDI PERULLO DE LEDESMA & JULIE WATSON GOMEZ

WHAT: DRINKS, DINNER, DESSERT

WHERE: HOME HOTEL

IN: THE OTHER LOFT

WHY: SHARE THE LOVE, EAT GOOD FOOD, & CELEBRATE LUCAS’ BIRTHDAY

MENU: COMFORT ITALIAN FARE

BRING: YOURSELVES & BEVERAGE OF CHOICE

As soon as Julie and I decided to throw Lucas a Birthday soirée, I let her take the reigns.  She is, after all, an event planner extraordinaire and I knew that if she was in charge, my husband would have a party that he would never forget.  Inside of our loft in Home Hotel hung a poster that seemed as though it had been placed there just for myself.  It advertised a vintage movie with the name, “Una Americana en Buenos Aires.”  The lead actress even closely resembled me!  Thus, that became the inspiration for the soirée, which was planned in less than two hours.

While I enjoyed Lucas’ special day with him, Julie never left the kitchen.  Every single dish that was served at the soirée was prepared from scratch by herself.

Not only did she play the role as chef, she also played the role as decorator as well.  Plus, each guest received a CD of her favorite songs; the soundtrack for the soirée.

As people began arriving, the wine and champagne corks started popping and the food was passionately consumed.  Every single guest, at least once or twice, told Julie she needed to open her own restaurant.

Julie also baked a scrumptious apple cake and found the perfect Birthday candle (it could probably be seen from space it was that big).  I adore the following photo, because even though my dear friend had been up since dawn planning, shopping, cooking, and baking, she still had the energy to jump for joy while we sang Happy Birthday!

One quick mention: see the grill behind my husband?  Well, to thank Julie for all that she did, Lucas prepared an asado of chorizo — Julie’s favorite Argentine meat.  I heard a lot of oohing and ahhhing while people were eating it, so it must have been quite good.

After the cake quickly disappeared, most of the guests had to leave, as they needed to awake for work in just a few hours.  Several us were engaged in such enlightening conversations that for us the party continued on.

Even for our youngest guest who still had the energy to climb walls!

Julie and I sneaked away for some chisme caliente, or hot gossip.  What party is complete without girl talk?

Alas, even the very best of soirées must come to an end. . .

. . .however, not without a kiss from the guest-of-honor first!

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Home Hotel for allowing us to use their gorgeous property for this soirée and for helping us with some last minute needs.  I could not think of a better location in Buenos Aires for it!  And to Seba, Julie’s husband, who photographed this event.  For someone who only recently picked up a camera, it is evident that he truly has an innate gift with these photos.

32 thoughts on “My Secret Adventure (Part 10)

  1. Natalie T.

    What a COOL loft! I want to go to Home Hotel now. Is the pie the azado of chorizo? What one memorable candle and night. Thanks for sharing, as always! You make me want to go to Buenos Aires more and more everyday.

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  2. Annie

    It looks like such a great party! You two are absolutely fabulous to have done all of that for Lucas!

    The girl on the poster absolutely looks just like you and I was going to comment saying that before I read that you had said that!

    Everything looks perfect!

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Haha, what’s even better…her love interest looks like Lucas and the 2 friends who are a couple look just like Seba and Julie!!! I NEED that poster. I’ve looked EVERYWHERE for it. Thanks so much for your kind words! 🙂

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  3. Krista

    Wonderful, Andi, just wonderful! 🙂 Love how you appreciate the prodigious skills of your friend. What a marvelous cook she is and such a dear soul to do this for you. 🙂

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I couldn’t agree with you any more. I truly am blessed that Julie came into my life and not only planned this party and the surprise party for Lucas, but she also planned my wedding!!! XOXO

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      God, I couldn’t stop smiling that entire trip. I was so happy to be there!!! I love that pic too. And I’ve pretty much decided that Julie is planning ALL of my parties from now on.

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