Friday, June 18, 2010


Tomorrow my dear friend Tracy is hosting her oldest daughter's graduation party.  Being Italian, it will be quite a bash, and no one will go home hungry.  She has been busy as a bee getting ready, and it will be an amazing event.  Mother Nature sounds like she will even cooperate, which for the month of June will be a real coup.
I love to help with parties, and no one is more appreciative of help than Tracy.  Since Andrea was Charlie's babysitter, back in the day, I want to do what I can to help with the festivities.  I have made Bakerella's Grad Cap Pops,
and put together flower arrangements for the tables.  Any chairs or serving bowls that can be used have been carted down the street, and I get to help decorate their yard tonight. 
A double batch of Ina's Sun Dried Tomato Pasta will be making it's way down Hartford on Saturday, along with a giant Strawberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinagrette and Toasted Pecans.  They will join all of the food that her sister Denise brought with her from the range, potica, polish, and porketta.  Friends are bringing bars, and salads and all kinds of goodies to help Tracy put on a bash befitting a first born daughter, ready to head out in the big wide world. 

I am trying to imagine how Tracy and Mike feel right now-relief mixed with joy mixed with sadness with some pride thrown in, but right now I am guessing they are mostly just really tired from party prep this week.  Because no one throws a party like the Lane family.  Hearts full, all in.

Along with tables groaning with food, there will be good music, lots of laughter, and plenty of wine. I can hardly wait.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful celebration! Those little grad caps are so cute. I still haven't made Ina's pasta dish. I must make it soon. Enjoy.

  2. That sounds incredible - I cannot wait to hear how it goes..oh, and send over any leftovers.

  3. Oh my, is the big day really almost here? It is an incredibly amazing feeling...wasn't she just a little girl? Anyway, I couldn't do it without you, dear Kristi. Grazie, grazie, grazie, from the bottom of my heart. Love you.



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