Rules of Engagement

We celebrated last night with the happy couple and the parents of the bride.

We began, of course, with Rule #1: the obligatory champagne toast. According to Alexandra and Andy, this was at least the dozenth one they’ve enjoyed, with friends and family popping champagne corks on both coasts to fete their engagement.

We combined champagne with a bit of tree-trimming

We combined champagne with a bit of tree-trimming

Ashleigh made another incredible dinner – French Onion Soup, Beef Bourguignon,  and a Cauliflower Gratin (from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon cookbook – amazing even if you’re not a big cauliflower fan!). She also whipped up a separate vegetarian entree of gnocchi for Alexandra and we paired it all with a bottle of Seasmoke Ten which made the happy occasion just that much happier. For dessert, Ashleigh served a holiday Panettone Bread Pudding and we all drifted into a contented food coma.

Ashleigh works her magic in the kitchen

Ashleigh works her magic in the kitchen

The food and wine made it just that much easier for us to launch Rule #2: pepper as many personally-invasive questions as possible at the newly-engaged couple. We made them recount their engagement story: Andy presented Alexandra with an album of photos chronicling their courtship and on the last page, instead of a photo, a message read “Will you marry me?” Good job, Andy! And yes, since I know you’re all wondering, he did get down on one knee.

Andy, Alexandra and the ubiquitous Buster.

Andy, Alexandra and the ubiquitous Buster.

By the way, Buster is a little beggar! Let's just say that he found ways to appreciate Ashleigh's cooking right along with us last night.

By the way, Buster is a little beggar! Let’s just say that he found ways to appreciate Ashleigh’s cooking right along with us last night.

We also covered Rules #3; offer lots of unsolicited advice on matters we know little to nothing about (too bad I don’t have video of Kirk and the CE contributing to a discussion about wedding dresses) and Rule #4; dredge up embarrassing childhood stories about Alexandra to share with her future husband.

Bride and MOB

Bride and MOB

Alexandra forgives us for all the transgressions, however, because we properly followed Rule #5: say YES when the bride asks you to host the wedding! It will be here, in July. We are so happy for the happy couple and their family!

Phyllis and Soho: Soho wants to know if she can be a bridesmaid.

Phyllis and the Tart: Soho wants to know if she can be a bridesmaid.

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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7 Responses to Rules of Engagement

  1. Katherine says:

    Was it the champagne or the excitement that caused our blogtress to forget Rules #2 & 4? Are we to guess? I’m guessing asking: “how many children will you have” and asking: “can we have a name-pool similar to the one we had for the chicks? I believe Cadbury is still up for grabs.”

  2. pollo amigo says:

    Sweet! Our gratitude for your kindness and support. A suggestion for Rule #2 “Make sure Ashleigh is cooking” sounds like a good one. Possible #8:” Make sure to finesse change of subject when parents and family friends trot out memories of childhood shenanigans.”

  3. alexandra says:

    I love this! Thank you for a wonderful celebratory dinner. We feel so lucky! And thank you to Ashleigh for the most amazing food. I dreamed about that wonderful gnocchi.

  4. tdevir says:

    What a fun night of celebrating! i can’t help but crack up when i see Buster just making himself right at home with the guests of honor… and then helping himself to Ashley’s cooking… I can see he is truly enjoying his time there 🙂
    Congrats again to Alexandra – great engagement story and so exciting to be planning a summer wedding!

  5. Can you skype with me the next time the “dress” conversation comes up?????

  6. dizzyguy says:

    CE: The Chicken Lady has presented an outstanding story and pictures of the lovely engagement dinner evening. The couple was rightly feted and champagne was popped to celebrate. Just a little miffed that my sound advice regarding Wal Mart’s selection of wedding gowns was not taken more seriously, but there is still time to weigh in on napkin fold possibilities and musical selections (suggest opening with the Macarena and closing with the Chicken Dance). Looking forward to the wedding, as is Pierre.

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