Thoughts from a Flamingo

The Flamingo Derby

The flamingos had a real problem this week. They love parties, as we all know, but this weekend there are actually two events they could have parties for. And as creative as they are, and as good at throwing parties as they are, well, even the flamingos couldn’t manage to have two fantastic parties in two days. So they had a decision to make.

Cinco de Mayo? Or the Kentucky Derby?

After all, they do like margaritas, but they aren’t that fond of Mexican music, or Mexican food, for that matter. At least not to make an array of Mexican dishes for an entire group of hungry flamingos.

The Kentucky Derby? Now that’s a whole other concept for them. With lots of possibilities…mint juleps aren’t bad, and they can always find ways to make them pink, and there are so many ways to make fancy concoctions with bourbon.

Then there are the hats! What self-respecting flamingo can resist those fancy, gaudy, and outrageous hats?!

So that was it! A Kentucky Derby party it would be! And they set to work!

Of course it would be on the Saturday of the Derby….and they had to first figure out where to have it, because after all, you have to actually watch the race at a Kentucky Derby party!  That’s the whole point! Well, sort of…. For the flamingos, it was first of all an excuse to have another party and show off their party planning skills, but also it was an opportunity to see who could find the most lavish hats, because after all, the Derby hats, especially for the ladies, are almost as important as the mint juleps!

Once again our house was borrowed for the event, but at least this time they asked, and even invited us to attend! Thoughtful birds, those flamingos!

And now the party plans got underway. Starting with the perfect door decoration. The race is sometimes called the “run for the roses,” and even though we’re talking red roses, the flamingos changed it around a bit to suit their style. I think it works! And of course, they had special table decorations!


Every good Kentucky/Flamingo Derby party has to have mint juleps. It’s tradition! Of course, you know the flamingos had to put their special style to it, by creating champagne juleps, and a huge variety of other flavors from strawberry to blackberry to even watermelon juleps! Served in crystal or traditional silver mugs! With the appropriate drink stirrers, of course!


And what great bar setups they designed! Definitely perfect focal points for partying flamingos! After all, since they couldn’t decide which one they liked best, why not have more than one….


They didn’t forget the food, which also had to be special. Bourbon shrimp, bourbon meatballs, horseshoe shaped sandwiches, and various assorted Kentucky inspired dishes.


Of course the desserts are equally appealing, in true elegant flamingo style! Naturally! From bourbon pecan pie to mint julep cupcakes, bourbon brownies, bourbon pecan tarts, strawberry “roses”, and of course, Kentucky Derby cookies and cakes!


But let’s not forget the race itself. The flamingos decided they had to have a betting table, all in fun, of course, with no money being exchanged. But the prize, of course, is a case of champagne, with flamingo designed crystal flutes! And a pink loving cup, of course. We’re not sure who will win, but the top choices so far from the flamingos are Classic Empire and Always Dreaming. Why? They like the names, of course, although they were disappointed there were no flamingo jockeys. Maybe next year…they’re already working on it, and hard at work designing silks for the selected jockey!

As well as trying to determine if a flamingo can actually enter the race. Maybe as the Leader of the starting parade?

But the piece de resistance, as they like to say, are the hats! You cannot have a Kentucky Derby party without the proper hats, and these flamingos have outdone themselves selecting their Derby hats. Of course there’s a prize for the best one. Which one do you think should win?


Will we be joining the festivities? Well, let’s put it this way. I DO have a hat almost ready for the occasion. Just in case….

Update: And did you see who won the Derby?? Always Dreaming! One of the flamingos’ picks! I think next year we will need to listen very carefully to who those pink birds are betting on!

 

 

Disclaimer: All content posted here is assumed to be in the public domain. If you find one of your images here and wish it to be removed please contact me.

Photo Sources: Header Photo: via FoxSports – 1st Row: catchmyparty.com – 2nd Row: – hostesswiththemostest.com; via pinterest – 3rd Row: – posterlounge.de.com; creativeculinary.com; cookswithcocktails.com; jellytoastblog.com; pizzazeri.com; shine.yahoo.com; howsweetitis.com – 4th Row: pizzazzerie.com; evite.com; ny-clq-focalpoint.blogspot.com – 5th Row: – theviewfromgreatisland.com; foodtasticmom.com; brit-co-hotchicken-sliders.com; source unknown; via etsy – 6th Row: hotbeautyhealth.com; sprinklebakes.com; spicysouthernkitchen.com; milgrageas.blogspot.com; catchmyparty.com; southernladymag.com; catchmyparty.com – 7th Row: source unknown – 8th Row: via NY Daily News; nixele.com; msformaldehyde via Etsy; kentuckyderby.com; Chikibird via Etsy; News.yahoo.com; Chikibird via Etsy; creatingcoutureparties.com – 9th Row: personal files

Advertisements

Flamingo Fool’s Day

What kind of celebration is that?

Well, it’s like this. Flamingos are big pranksters, you know. They like to joke around with each other, and pull tricks on each other. (Especially after a few too many margaritas!)

So when they realized April Fool’s Day was almost here, they decided to make a really special day out of it! And since flamingos do not consider themselves fools by any stretch of the imagination, the first thing they did was rename it to make it their own special holiday!

Of course, it’s not a real holiday, but you know what they mean!

So they started the morning off right! After all, with April Fool’s Day, oops, we mean Flamingo Fool’s Day, on a Saturday, it gave them a lot more time to have fun!

But for the Leader of the Flock, my husband Ben, well I’m not so sure how much fun HE had. But he’s a good sport, and he loves his flamingos, so it’s all good.

To start off the day, just imagine his surprise when he woke up and found a few pink feathers on his pillow. Which he really didn’t think too much about until he looked in the mirror and saw the pink feathers the flamingos had glued in his hair! I took a picture, but he made me delete it! It was rather awesome, though, I must say!

Being a good sport, though, he didn’t get mad at his pink birds. Even when he pulled the shower curtain back and found it full of pink balloons. Which he didn’t dare pop, because he didn’t know if the flamingos had filled them with confetti or not!

And of course they had, as he found out when he put the balloons in the hall and our kitties decided they made the world’s best cat toys! Which of course got popped as they batted them around, and yes. He has gotten most of it vacuumed up!

No, the flamingos didn’t help! They were hiding, laughing and squawking. Because they knew what else was coming.

After he’d had his shower and wet to get dressed, imagine his surprise when he opened his sock drawer and found, not his socks, but my swimsuits! Thinking he pulled open the wrong drawer, he pulled open another and found….my scarves, still neatly folded, but certainly not in the right drawer! And I certainly hadn’t made the switch! Then he saw a couple of pink feathers with the scarves, and he knew….the flamingos were having a great time!

After that experience Ben was more than ready for his morning quiet time with his coffee and newspaper. He went downstairs and outside to get his paper, and noticed the flamingos weren’t anywhere around. Probably just as well. So he came back inside, poured a cup of coffee and loaded it up as usual with cream and sugar, and settled down in his favorite chair to relax.

He took a big sip of coffee and coughed it out immediately! Those flamingos had put salt in the sugar bowl! So he poured it out, got another cup, refilled the sugar bowl, and settled down again to read.

He opened his paper and started reading…didn’t notice anything funny until it dawned on him that a news story was talking about President Obama, and not President Trump! What in the world….this was a good one! The flamingos had actually saved last year’s newspaper and replaced it for this year’s!

He heard them squawking in the other room…and rushed in there! “Ok, my pink feathered friends, this is enough! You DON’T mess with my newspaper!”

Melvin the flamingo nervously laughed out an apology, went over to the sofa, pulled out today’s paper from under the cushion, and handed it to him. “Sorry, but we were just having a little fun! It’s Flamingo Fool’s Day, you know. That’s what we flamingos do!” The other birds were twittering away behind him, and Ben couldn’t stay mad at them, so he forgave them, and they went to go play tricks on someone else.

Or so he thought…..

Until he opened the refrigerator door and found the fridge stuffed with pink plastic lawn flamingos wearing signs reading “SURPRISE!” Well, at least that wasn’t too bad, and they hadn’t thrown out any food.

So he put the lawn flamingos back outside so they could get warm. Poor things were shivering!

The rest of the morning was uneventful. Thank goodness! Ben thought they were done with their flamingo pranks and had moved on to someone else.

Not quite….

Right after lunch they came strolling back in, looking quite apologetic, which is difficult for a flamingo. “We’re sorry about this morning,” said Melvin. “We were just having a little fun. After all you’re the Leader of the Flock, and well, we’re just party birds who like to have fun! So we brought you a present to say we’re sorry.”

And Melvin pulled out a gift from behind his feathers. “Here. A box of donuts just for you! We know they’re your favorite!” He opened the box and pulled one out, and handed it to Ben. “Have one now! We’ll all feel better. And we’re through playing pranks on you today.”

“That was nice of you guys,” said Ben as he took the donut. You’re forgiven.”

Then he took a bite of the jelly donut.

And spit it out!

“Ketchup! You put ketchup in a jelly donut!?”

Melvin couldn’t help himself. “He broke out in a huge grin. “Sorry, mate, couldn’t help it…. The rest of them are good. Really.”

Ben knew he shouldn’t trust them again. He just knew it! But he reached in the box for one that looked especially good. It was hard. Hard as plastic. Of course. It was a plastic dog toy in the shape of a donut….!

“What can I say?” said Melvin, laughing uncontrollably. “You’re our friend! We love you! And it’s just what we do!”

Happy April Fool’s Day from the flamingos! I mean, Happy Flamingo Fool’s Day!

Be prepared. You just never know with those pesky flamingos!