A Busy Weekend Included Candles, Supper Club, Live Music, and a Graduation Party


It’s Monday morning, and I might need two cups of coffee. It was a busy weekend filled with socializing. And it began on Thursday, not Friday, as my friend Elizabeth invited me to dinner and candle making.

That’s right. Candle making.

We’ve been friends for 33 years, and we figured, why not? Let’s make some candles. We’ve done a hell of a lot of other things together, so why not add this to the list? (She says she’s now making a bucket list for us to do the next 33 years of our friendship…this will be interesting).

Candles Off Main in Annapolis offers workshops on candle making, and it’s replete with a little education on candles and their existence in today’s world. We got a short history lesson, along with some really cool facts about candles that may come in handy for a game of Jeopardy. Moreover, we made candles and the unlit one I brought home is smelling up my living room without even burning. It smells like black cherry.

On Friday night, it was my husband and my turn to host supper club. Our theme, thanks to our friend Jackie, was “Under the Tequila Sun” —Mexican night. Supper clubs are great and relatively easy. The folks that host at their house are responsible for the main course and drinks. Other club members bring appetizers, sides, and dessert. It works out to be fun for all, and we spend hours talking, eating, drinking, catching up, and having lots of laughs. I highly recommend creating one with your friends and neighbors if you don’t already do so. We get together every other month, and we take turns hosting.

On Saturday night, my husband and I went to see a band he loves called The Record Company. If you’re a blues and/or rock and roll fan, you would love this energetic band. They played at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and we went early for dinner at Matchbox and then headed to the show. My husband loves seeing live music, and the band was high energy, and the volume was so loud in there that my ears were still ringing on Sunday morning (and I have bad hearing to begin with!).

Finally, on Sunday, we were invited to our friends’ daughter’s graduation party in Virginia. The Murrays know how to throw a party, and we’re so happy for their daughter, Erin, who will attend the University of Dayton in the fall.

And so here we are, folks, on Monday morning. I have a lot to accomplish this week, including some reading and writing and (hopefully) some relaxation by the pool.

Bring on the fairies…


Stephanie Verni is Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University and is the author of Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt.



Christmas Supper Club

image5Last night, our friends Jackie and Matt hosted our final Supper Club dinner of the year. It’s always so nice to get together around Christmas, eat some delicious homemade food, drink some Christmas spirits, and share quality time with our friends. In fact, we knew how much fun we were having when all of a sudden we looked at the clock and said, “It’s almost midnight!” Time certainly does fly when you’re having fun.

image11We’ve been getting together for over two years now; approximately every other month, each couple takes turns hosting at their home. The couple who hosts makes the main course and provides some drinks, and everyone else who attends brings an appetizer, salad, side, or dessert that goes along with the theme of the dinner. Last night’s theme was Italian; before we arrived, Kathleen shared the appetizer she made–and Jackie made one, too. Our meal last night was a true collaboration, and everything was delicious. The baked ziti, made by our hostess, was scrumptious; Sarah brought a fresh green salad, I brought Chicken Parm meatballs (a fantastic Martha Stewart recipe I’m sharing here), and Jen made an outstanding “makes your taste buds so happy” Tiramisu. One missing ingredient was our sixth couple, our friends Shawna and Rick, who spent the evening with their kids seeing a show.

Two kinds of Ziti: one spicy, one not-so-spicy.
Jackie set a beautiful “sparkly” Christmas table.
The Chicken Parm meatballs I made…Martha Stewart’s recipe. These things were outstanding…recipe above.
Christmas Sangria. Easy to make…and goes down easy, too.

Drinks and cheer were flowing…I attempted to make the Christmas Sangria, a recipe I’ve pinned over and over and was itching to try, which turned out to be rather delicious.

Santa even left some presents under the tree for us…but the best part about Supper Club is just getting together with friends in their warm and welcoming homes.

Ready for supper!
Sarah taking a whiff of Jen’s delectable Tiramisu!
Not in a group photo, but I was there!
A sampling of the bar…

So, farewell to Supper Club 2015; it was a great way to go out. We’ll be looking forward to a whole new round of recipes, drinks, and good conversation in 2016!

Another angle of Jackie’s table…and that chandelier…oh my!