Let’s be clear. She’s getting older. I am not. She may be 21, but I am just 21 and change (a lot of change….but who’s counting, right?).
For her 21st birthday, we originally planned to go to Vegas (similar to Rory and Lorelai who went to Atlantic City and played 21 when Rory turned 21. If you don't follow the Gilmore Girls, then can we even be friends?). But Meg’s been to Vegas a few times already and it wasn’t as exciting to her to celebrate her big birthday there. Instead, she asked if we could do Napa and enjoy wine and good food. Are you kidding me? That’s a dream trip, right? But before we could square away the plans, she changed her mind and asked if we could instead have a weekend trip to Gervasi Vineyard and invite a few of her college girlfriends to toast the big birthday. Turned out to be a perfect choice.
The girls arrived and we enjoyed a bottle of wine in the lobby of our villa before going over to dinner. It was nice to just unwind from our drives and catch up. Dinner was strange, to say the least, because our waiter went into panic mode not knowing who was 21 and who was not. Instead of simply handling this by “carding” everyone, he just panicked and didn’t come back to our table for over 20 minutes. Seriously? This was not the wonderful experience I was hoping we would all have. Eventually, we managed to get our food, but we only saw him one other time to check on us. Pretty crappy server experience (although the food was delicious) so thank goodness the rooms and the lobby would soon make up for that.
After dinner, the girls opened their goody bags. When you’re a little kid, every mom gives out goody bags to the kids before leaving a birthday party. You usually got stickers, or bubbles, or a small toy. For these girls, I had to be a little more clever. Each got a face mask, lipstick, face wipes, champagne, and hair bands and other little girly things. What I didn’t expect is that they would all bust out the face masks, don their robes and have a slumber party! What a great evening of face masks, robes, wine and cupcakes and doritos (a little know fact: doritos have no calories when it's your birthday). We then broke out the games and played Headbanz for adults and had the best evening!