However...things got off to a very rough start! We arrived at RDU airport early, and were going through security (and getting full body scans!) as I received a text message from Delta, saying that our flight had been delayed for about 1.5 hours. Ok, not cool, but whatever. As we got to our gate, the time had changed yet again to after 11 am-around the time we planned to be on the ground at JFK.
Then it got better-they cancelled the flight. What??? We had a booked schedule every day and night, and it takes us 7-8 hours to set up! I began a mini-meltdown immediately. As we waited in line, and on terminal hold with Delta to reschedule simultaneously, I finally got through to a representative. OK, there was a flight on American landing around 1:30 or so. Cool. On hold again-wait, somehow we just got "unconfirmed" from that flight. Huh? The best they could do was have us leave at 4:30, fly to Memphis (?), and arrive at JFK at 11:45 pm. As I was trying to confirm this I reached the "live" attendant in line who said he could have us arrive by around 7 pm, direct flight to LaGuardia. Oh, and here's a $7 voucher for food.
So....we bided our time with a wonderful manicure and a very small cocktail. (It was medicinal, ok?)
|Trust me-these are all Ronnie's. Would I lie to you? lol|
Well, after another delay, we finally got into NYC via a very bumpy ride and a very small plane. We arrived at the Essex House around 8:30-9:00 pm and began changing to go to Grace Ormonde's party at The Plaza Hotel. Our wonderful doorman hailed a cab, and off we went. 2 blocks later the cab stopped at The Plaza! Ahhh....tourists. We had no idea! $8 please.
The Grace Ormonde party was absolutely exquisite, and the food amazing. We had a fabulous time, received our signed 10+ lb. copy of "being in love never goes out of style," by Ms. Ormonde. Then we WALKED back to the hotel, to begin setting up the suite as our showroom at 11 pm!
Here are some photos for you to enjoy (and drool over, if you weren't there!)
Ronnie at the entrance:
Entering the party:
|The first room...|
|and the second.|
|Nothing less than exquisite from Grace Ormonde!|
First stop was one of the bars (imagine that!) then on to the amazing feast, including an incredible sushi presentation and the most amazing carving station.
|Lovely ice sculptures at one of the bars.|
|An amazing feast indeed.|
|Incredible sushi presentations|
Ronnie and I enjoyed a photo op!
And a wonderful end to the evening as Ronnie was whisked off her feet on the dance floor (or was it the reverse?)