Cocktails at Mattapany

As part of the TPS welcome festivities, the admiral opened up his historic residence
for a cocktail party in honor of Class 146.

 

This sounds like a big deal and apparently it’s much bigger than I even realized.
We’re new to the military game but I guess the admiral doesn’t throw
a party in his home for just anyone.
The home is beautiful.
It’s historic. Hundreds of years old.
We arrived after dark with the entire house lit up.
It was very grand.
 The dress was announced as cocktail attire.
I knew Brent and I would both need some new clothes.
We didn’t own anything up to snuff.
The Commanding Officer even came into the class to reiterate
to the students that cocktail attire meant suits.
Everyone needed to be wearing a suit jacket.
Of course, Alicia (the only woman in the class) asked if she could
go head and wear a dress.
The CO qualified his statement and admitted that she would be the only student allowed
to don a dress but to make sure her husband had a suit.
I shopped for hours for weeks leading up to this party.
Brent was too busy to even think about clothes.
I bought several suits, ties and belts and brought them home for him to try.
He was too busy to even try on the clothes most days.
I don’t think I’m cut out to be a personal shopper.
In the end, I found him a great suit
that fits him perfectly.
He looks so good.
I ended up borrowing a dress.
I loved it.
Marlo, Lou, Kate and I
We noshed on yummy food that was beautifully presented,
spent some great time getting to know each other,
and meeting new people.
We ladies thought it was pretty funny that we had spent so much time and effort on
our outfits for the night and then slapped on a bright yellow name tag.
Susan, Diane, and Kristen
Ryan, Anthony, Alicia, Shane, Ollie
The admiral prepared an “Easter egg” scavenger hunt around the house for us.
It was a great way to explore the entire house.
We were told that there were little clues in each room which would
reveal the theme for the night.
Brent and I won!!
Well, really Brent.
I helped with most of it but got sidetracked talking to an instructor’s wife.
Apparently she and I were unknowingly blocking a clue.
I ended up being the only one who had seen the pen everyone was looking for.
I didn’t even realize it was a clue at the time but I had used it to sign the guest book.
We won this lovely Maryland pottery with the states signature blue crab painted on it.
There was also a nice bottle of champagne in it but since we wouldn’t be
putting it to use I gifted it to Kate.
She was equally deserving the prize.
It was a really special night.
Brent and I are both really enjoying being a part of the
military family for the year.

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