a night for Gatsby

I’ve mentioned before I’m part of a book club. Going on a year and a half. Just like good wine, it gets better over time. This month was no acceptation. Our pick of the month was The Great Gatsby.


I think it’s safe to say that most of us read it in high school. I’ll be honest though, I had forgotten most of the plot. Okay, all of it. I was so irritated with myself that I had so leisurely passed by this story. It has it all. History and drama. Excitement and suspense. Love and despair. It’s romantic, and tragic all at once. It completely kept me drawn in until the very end, and I happily read it in one afternoon. I’m hooked. I realize now that I need to go back and review all of the classics that I’ve “read” because I obviously haven’t read them. *sigh*

Alright back to book club. Food. There’s always amazing food. I made homemade oatmeal cream cookies, which if you didn’t know, were first introduced in the 1920’s. Jennifer was going to have mint juleps for the ladies so I brought along ingredients for a non alcoholic version. I also made a side dish of Tortellini salad. Delish my friends, I gobbled a few bowls before I even left the house.

20140713-005931-3571762.jpg To get in spirit, I made myself a mocktail and listened to the Gatsby soundtrack while I got ready for the party.

20140713-010052-3652826.jpg Now when I say she really outdid herself this time, I mean, she reeeally outdid herself. Jennifer’s house looked so spectacular.

20140713-014042-6042916.jpg She put so much thought and time into all the decor, she is just a party machine.






20140713-014204-6124488.jpg On top of it looking fabulous, she went all out on the cocktails and had an assortment of 20’s style drinks for the other ladies to choose from. She’s a doll and always has sparkling cider for me too.



20140713-014616-6376316.jpg There were so many little details throughout the house that I can only imagine how long it took her to get it ready.



20140713-014950-6590793.jpg Leo showed up for the party too. So easy on the eyes that man.

20140713-015040-6640262.jpg As if she wasn’t already the sweetest person on the planet, she planned a surprise mini baby shower for me.

20140713-015303-6783594.jpg She had all the ladies bring a book of their choice for me. Some brought new stories, some gave me classics. It was perfect, and all I could of asked for from these incredible women. We talked about the book and referenced the movie, which played in the background during our discussion. We ate and drank to our hearts content. Laughed a lot and enjoyed some serious topics. We all have different personalities and quirks and it makes for such a lively bunch. It was a jump back in time to cherish, and I’m so grateful to have these classy ladies in my life. 



One thought on “a night for Gatsby

  1. I love you Amanda! You’re so sweet the things you say! I have fun at book club every month and you are a big part of that. Nobody has supported me more than you since the first meeting and I can’t ever thank you enough for that! 🙂

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