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Weeks leading up to Gilles' birthday, he had sent out a rock n' roll themed cocktail and hamburger menu, requesting us to pre-order our selections for the party. Also, in place of tangible birthday presents, each guest was asked to share a Spotify playlist of five favorite songs onto the family Facebook page that would be shared for everyone's enjoyment the day of the big bash. 

Okay, can I just take a minute to say how cool this family is that they have a family Facebook page? On this private page, Aurel's brother and sisters leave notes about upcoming job interviews, travel announcements, or just to say coucou. I would love this sense of community with my own family, but unfortunately, they like to withhold information to use later in some form of power play, thus a Facebook page would be rendered completely useless.

Following the wishes of Gilles, I pre-ordered the "Don't Look Back in Hunger", a burger which consisted of a juicy steak haché, confit oignons, barbeque sauce, fresh tomato slices and shredded lettuce, while Aurel went for it, and took on the "Nothin' But a Cheese Thang" challenge. For those watching their carbs, Gilles offered the "What's Bun Got to Do With It?" option that you could mix and match with the other menu selections. Washed down with a "Smells Like Lime Spirit" cocktail for me and "Proud Bloody Mary" for Aurel, the lunch gave a whole new meaning to comfort food. Again, just what I needed on what was meant to be a rather bleak weekend.

Keeping with the theme for the decor, Gilles used concert t-shirts to dress each table setting, and we all had to guess which seat was ours. For Aurel and myself, this didn't impose much of a challenge but for Françoise's mother Mimi, by default, her options were Ozzy Osbourne who fashioned red rhinestone drops of blood dripping out of his mouth or a spread-eagle shot of Debbie Harry on a car. 

With reluctance, she chose Debbie.

Our seats.

After a few drinks, our hearty burgers, and homemade baked fries, Gilles announced that it was playlist time. I immediately perked up from my major carb attack, looking forward to listen to the mix I had prepared for the party. I admit, I was proud of my soundtrack. I put some goodies on there that I knew Gilles would enjoy; some of favorites by The Smiths, The Kinks, Nine Inch Nails, Coconut Records, Sleater-Kinney, Jacques Dutronc and Elton JohnGilles then asked us all to choose one song from the playlist, he didn't tell us why, we were just instructed to choose one song. Assuming that we were all either just going to dance while eating cupcakes and dessert or play a round of name that tune, I chose a song that was upbeat but still a bit challenging to guess. I have been in this family long enough to know a few tricks o' the trade...

Gilles disappeared, and after fifteen had passed, he came down from his office with a pile of papers.

He had printed out the lyrics of our selected songs...for us to all have a group sing along.

Serves me right for being so confident, and it was at that very moment that I had deep regrets in regard to my choice... 

Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like A Hole"

What the hell was I thinking?

I looked over at some of the other selections, innocuous choices like of Oasis' "Wonderwall", Serge and Brigitte Bardot's "Bonnie and Clyde", David Bowie's "Life on Mars" and the Barbapapa theme song for the kids.

"Can I change my song?" I asked Gilles, desperately wanting to replace the hit track to an album called "Pretty Hate Machine" with The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" - a much more appropriate track to say the very least. "Non!" Gilles said with a smile, "It'll be fun, don't worry!"

Clearly he didn't know the song either.

Well I'm just going to say it, you haven't lived until you've seen an 85-year-old French woman trying to follow along the lyrics to a Nine Inch Nails song with lyrics that scream "I'd rather die than give you control" and "Bow down before the one you serve, you're gonna get what you deserve". 

By the second verse everyone had given up and I ended up singing the song by myself. Just picture it. But once again, it serves me right. But hey, it could have been worse. I could have selected one of my other favorites: "F*ck the Pain Away" by Peaches, but I'm not that stupid...or am I? 

Good thing Aurel is already well aware of this hurricane he's about to marry! I can finally see clearly why it didn't work out with my past boyfriends, I was meant to be in this family. Hindsight is pretty cool, isn't it?

27 comments:

  1. There is so much awesome-ness in this post, my head is about to explode - Family facebook page! Rock and Roll party! Burgers! Band t-shirts!

    For all the drama in your family, it's great you now have a wonderful set of relations.

    Though the singalong is a bit odd - for the sake of the more conservative, maybe next time it will be Broadway-themed?

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    1. Yeah! They have a Facebook page which really does come in handy in keeping up with everyone.

      Thank you Usha, I'm so glad you enjoyed the post!

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  2. WHY have we never danced to Peaches together before? OMG.

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    1. Because we were too busy dancing to disco! Hahaha that was my favorite moment at the party, the disco dance-off turned choo-choo train around the living room table. Ah, get a few bloggers together and mayhem ensues. Love it.

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  3. OMG that is such an awesome birthday party!!! That is officially the coolest dinner party I have ever heard of. It's awesome that you have such wonderful future in-laws.

    x Milsters

    (http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

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    1. Thanks Milsters! Yeah, I agree that they are pretty awesome. Gilles throws together a good party!

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  4. the tshirts on each seat are just the best idea ever....

    bon weekend from snowy toronto.

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    1. I thought it was pretty clever too! I'll let him know you think so...although he reads the blog, so he may have already peeked.

      We had heavy flurries today but nothing stuck, which surprised me because it's really cold!

      Happy Sunday, Deb!

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  5. I'm madly in love with Gilles.

    There you have it.

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  6. I adore the rock-punny names, and the whole theme really! Also love a good sing-along, i miss singstar but maybe I should just take a leaf out of gilles's book and force my guests to sing along to songs of my choosing anyway! You definitely got lucky with the in-laws, can't wait to meet them!

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    1. Ooooh I like what I'm hearing! You 'can't wait to meet them'...this means that you may have some good news to share?? J'espere bien!

      The rock names were hysterical. 'Nothin' but a cheese thang'! Come on! Too funny.

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    2. Noooo, no news I'm afraid, just optimism!

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  7. Hindsight is 20/20:)

    Dans la famille des Barbapapaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa:)))

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    1. It most definitely is. I never had this much fun or felt this comfortable with MF's family, they were too bust judging 'la petite ricaine'.

      HAHAHAHA Barbapapa is so psychedelic. I love it.

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  8. Sounds like a blast! What a fun-loving famille! It really is meant to be!

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    1. It was so meant to be! It's never a dull moment chez eux!

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  9. I want to join this family... any vacancies for another grandma?

    I love singalongs!

    The thought of this wedding is getting better every post....just let them organise it. It will be a blast!

    Love Denise

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    1. The wedding is going to be so much fun with them! Gilles has come up with so many fun ideas and had already bought decorations. I can't wait to see what we all come up with. We've got some great masterminds putting this shindig together!

      They are an awesome family. I'm so lucky. : )

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  10. How inventive is Gilles? You two could have been separated at birth! Had I been invited to such a party, I shudder to think what t-shirt would have been used for my place at the table. ;-)

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    1. He is so inventive! He is so creative and smart. He's one of the best party hosts I know. I'm so glad he's a big part of our wedding planning! He's been a super big help for us.

      What would be your t-shirt? Please share...unfortunately you don't offer enough information for me to make an educated guess. ; )

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    2. I really don't know what my t-shirt would be! I can't begin to imagine what someone else might choose for me. But if there were a t-shirt with Nancy Sinatra's These Boots are Made for Walking on it - I'd grab it first! Old school, I know. ;-)

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  11. That is all sorts of awesome! It sounds like you found the best family for in-laws! I was terrified of meeting J's family, but now, I love them to pieces. Seriously, I couldn't have found nicer people.

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    1. Thanks! Yes I think it worked out way better than I could have ever hoped for! I knew the right person was out there...

      I remember when you were so nervous! I'm so glad that it was all for nothing and they have embraced you. I see good things happening for you and J...I can just feel it! ; )

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  12. Aww, can't believe I missed this the other day, I so want to go to one of those parties, hilarious! They seem like a perfect family to be joining too, you know fun and loving not kiljoy haters...

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  13. A late comment (I read all your entries, I just take them in bursts -- it's more fun that way) to say this is the bomb!! So hilarious. And awesome.

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  14. Your new family is epic! What a brilliant party idea! This family was made for you and I'm so happy that you've found them :)
    Now as for your song choice... it's one of my FAVORITES! As I read through the post, I was singing it in my head, and I know that NIN will be keeping me company as I jog today :)

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