Between studying for quizzes or completing reports for your boss, schlepping your kids to soccer practice and ballet or walking dogs in your neighborhood for extra cash, and taking a yoga class or volunteering at a soup kitchen, it can be challenging to squeeze in time to see friends. But what if you've recently moved to a new city, started a job across town, or moved to university four states away? Making friends as an adult can be difficult.
Enter the Pony Express Supper Club, where you could meet your best friend forever - or at least someone to grab tea or shop for plants with, anyway. Today, we're excited to share a few details from our first-ever Pony Express Supper Club dinner party. Not sure what the Pony Express Supper Club is? Start here.
Below, some of our pen-pal pairs and snippets from our little shindig held at Foolish Things.
As guests arrived, we passed around glasses of chilled champagne and watched as our members peeked around to see if their pen-pal had arrived yet. Gathered around a large plate of cheese and charcuterie, members excitedly chatted about how much they enjoyed writing to each other over the past six weeks and the thrill of finding something special in the mailbox that wasn't a stuffy bill. For most, the only communication had been through letters, though there were a few pairs who found each other on social media or had gotten together for coffee before the dinner reveal.
After a couple glasses of bubbly, we all sat down for a luxuriously-slow dinner of chicken picatta, baby spinach salad, grilled vegetables, crusty baguettes, and hand-selected wine pairings. In a culture where it's common to have cell phones sitting on the table, the bright screen beckoning with unread e-mails and Facebook updates, we were delighted to see our members stuffing their cell phones deep in their pockets and sharing conversation with each other about the exhausting duties of motherhood, the difficulties of dating several states apart, and the joys of weekend plans and holiday activities.
Once we finished dinner, we brought out pies and cookies from Antoinette Baking Co. (Y'all, the pies at Antoinette Baking Co. have a reputation. Mmm!) As members sat down with their treats, the men of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia walked in and surprised our guests with a few holiday carols. Even we couldn't help but pull out our phone and snap a quick picture to remember this moment: new friends, new beginnings, the harmonic notes of the sinfonia enveloping the room.
With the stars sparkling above and dinner coming to a close, guests grabbed their coats and hugged their pen-pals, promising to write again soon - or, more exactly, to text each other for a post-holiday coffee date.
Our second session is underway; in fact, our newest members will be gathering for dinner in a charming floral studio next weekend for dinner, dessert, and, of course, a surprise.
If you missed the first or second session - or have participated before and want to do it again - we're opening registration for our third session tomorrow. We weren't sure how we'd top the first and second sessions, but it looks like we've figured out a way...
Want in? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send an invoice and your pen-pal matching questionnaire right over.