The Theme this year was "Mardi Gras", a combination of a New Orleans
celebration and a Masquerade Ball.

The Signature Drink
(courtesy of Cynthia and Jim)

The Menu

Hor d'oeuvres
Bacon Wrapped Egg and Liver Pate
Crab and Shrimp dip with assorted Crackers (courtesy of Genevieve)
Salsa dip
with assorted Crackers (courtesy of Genevieve)

Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil Mousse

Main Course
Paella de Marisco (Seafood Spanish Rice)
Marinated Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Onions (courtesy of Cynthia)
Vegetable Melange

Bananas Foster II
(Bananas and Walnuts in a warm Caramel and Rum sauce served over ice cream - truly decadent)

The Table


The centre piece is a combination of balloons, a mask and an antique china clown doll.
The black and red setting was meant to symbolize the infamous 'harlequin'.


The Guests et al


  Finally a picture of my best friend Cynthia. The Cat mask was bought
especially for her.

Jim dressed for the occasion in a rather colourful shirt. The balloons you see
on the ceiling were scattered throughout the living/dining rooms. As the evening
wore on, when they lost some of the helium, they flirted with the candles (often
with predictable results), the people and drifted throughout the apartment.


Yes, that's me.

I convinced Izak to wear his white tux jacket, a stunning addition
to his 'Phantom of the Opera' mask.


It looks like Izak didn't quite know what to make of Jim, and whatever
 was so amusing.

Deb and Al - the queen and king of the Mardi Gras!

Ron's grand entrance - also dressed for the occasion . . .

. . . as was Genevieve!

Genevieve demonstrating her flair for amateur theatre.

Dinner is served. . . .

Dig in everyone!

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