Over the course of the evening, the lights will begin to dim until the room is a comfortable shade of gray and blue. The larger lights will turn off completely and well-hidden fairy lights will be turned on, set to twinkle in order to mimic stars.
The bar is located in a separate room (the venue itself calls it the Tasting Room), from the dance floor and dinner seating so that those who don't feel like dancing or mingling have another way to separate themselves from the bigger crowds, should they wish to do so.
Against the wall, smack dab in the center, is the set up for a live band. They're a pretty well known cover band in the area and they call themselves TH_ (pronounced Thunderscore). They do not come on until after dinner, around 8, but will be playing until 1 o'clock. At this point, guests will be expected to slowly trickle out, though to compensate for time the venue is booked until 2 AM.
DRINKS MENUThe Bluxome Street Winery is aptly named-- most drink options they have are, perhaps predictably, wine. However, because this is a private event, there are also three specialty cocktails available.
THE SPARK BETWEEN US
The Spark Between Us is a beautiful little jalapeño cocktail that’ll knock your socks off with a combination of mandarin vodka, lemon juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, and simple syrup.THE UNDERTOW
The Undertow will drag you under. A deceivingly simple mix of Irish cream, spiced rum, and Peppermint Schnapps. This is a SHOT, not a drink.HELL'S BELLS
A well-made Margarita is a pure joy to drink, but sometimes you crave a more sinful cocktail. Hell's Bells is a tasty twist on the tequila classic calls for red wine, adding a dash of color and earthiness to the mix.Sorry, Frank. There is no beer option.
HOR D'OEUVRES & MENUHor d'oeuvres will be available upon arrival and following one hour after dinner, until 9 PM. Options are as follows:
pastry-wrapped asparagus with balsamic sipping sauce
seared scallops with honey dijon avocado sauce
sweet crab cakes with herb remoulade
sweet fig crostini
prosciutto-wrapped fennelDinner will be served at precisely 7 PM. The menu was consisted of five courses and is as follows. The only deviation is the main entree, where guests may choose between either a meat and vegetarian option for the main entree.
WILD MUSHROOM IN PUFF PASTRY
shimeja mushrooms, shallots, cognac, tarragon, cream.CHILLED WATERMELON GAZPACHO
buttermilk, chili oil, basilROSEMARY BRAISED WAYGU BEEF SHORT RIB (MEAT OPTION)
pommes purée, zucchini, kern farm carrot, wild mushroom, blackberry jusPENNE PASTA (VEGETARIAN OPTION)
mushroom duxelles, grilled eggplant, spinach, garlic, butter, tomato, reggiano permesan.HIERLOOM TOMATO SALAD
dairy goddess feta, almond, aged balsamic, baguetteDARK CHOCOLATE NAMELAKA
salted caramel, spiced chantilly, raspberry
VOLUNTEER SPOTSSYDNEY CLARKE recalls someone saying that the Birthday Three didn't care if they got gifts or not and showed up empty handed, but at seeing the gift pile, they feel bad. They make a quick dash around the corner to WALGREENS . Surprisingly, or maybe not, they run into MITCH GARNER while they're there.
As soon as AUGUST RHOADES arrives, they are greeted with a shot of THE UNDERTOW by BLAIR MADDEN . Drink up!
VOLUNTEER 05 and VOLUNTEER 06 find themselves behind an accident and are late to the party. VOLUNTEER 07 , who is sitting at their table, shoots them a text to see what's up. Unfortunately, they end up missing dinner. Do their tablemates save their plates for them?
As soon as the live band kicks off the night with MAD ABOUT YOU , KENDIS CRAWFORD-GAGNE drags VOLUNTEER 09 off to the dance floor to get the night started!
The band starts to play, and RAY FLORES realizes that there's not going to be an embarassing birthday speech or toast. THAT WON"T STAND. To compensate, to rope as MANY PEOPLE into taking a shot of The Undertow with them as possible. Once they accomplish a good number, they find SAMANTHA, HARPER, AND JIM, and put them in the middle of an improptu circle. After a good natured cheer, they all take a birthday shot.
AMANDA DECLAN gets a little idea when I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW comes on. They take FRANK MURPHY to a secluded little area and the two make out for the duration of the song.
VANESSA GOLDING offers to buy VOLUNTEER 14 a drink if they'll let them cut in line. JIM DECLAN accepts, briefly forgetting it's an open bar. Or maybe they just wanted an excuse to get closer. 🤔
ETHAN FOX and KAI HOLLAND keep managing to hit the bar whenever it's crowded as hell. TYLER WAAKA , ever observant, noticed this the last time around and this time, using their place close to the bar, orders their drinks for them.
EV CHAMMBERS and VOLUNTEER 19 (on separate occasions), chats up one of the only people they don't recognize: NORM MALONE . They end up getting a couple of stories about MALONE(S) OF YOUR CHOICE .
Maybe it's by proxy of never having seen them all in the same room before, but VOLUNTEER 20 can't help but notice that JIM DECLAN looks a lot like the MALONES . .... .... Hmm... ... They slide up to VOLUNTEER 21 to see what they think.
The main male vocalist of TH_ notices that CLAUDIA FLORES is REALLY getting into CLAUDIA FLORES . He instructs the band to drop the volume significantly, leaving CLAUDIA FLORES to sing over a subdued song so that they can be heard. They bring VCLAUDIA FLORES up on stage to help sing through the rest of the song.
EMERY MARLOWE catches HARPER MALONE'S shit eating grin when YOU DON'T MESS AROUND WITH JIM comes on. Together, the two of them rush to find JIM DECLAN and lead an impromptu karaoke/serenade session.
TEO GARCES-GALLOWAY and MERRY DAVIS decide to say heck to it and, at one point in the night, break the unspoken rule to hang out on the VIP Balcony. Not five minutes later, HARPER MALONE comes up as well. She doesn't seem to mind too much and shares a look of 'if you leave me alone I'll leave you alone. Don't tell anyone about this.' before taking a seat at the opposite end of the balcony and fiddling with her phone.
VOLUNTEER 26 can't help but insist that every song is their jam and is hard pressed to leave the dance floor, roping in as many people as they can to dance with them. They only stop when SONG OF THEIR CHOICE comes on. Maybe it's the ambiance of the night, or something that happened, but it really strikes a chord and they can't help but get a little emotional.
At around 11 o'clock, JEANIE MCCALL is approached by ROSEMARY to see if they could be a gem and grab ROY'S coat for her. She's trying to help him out because he doesn't feel very well. :(
About half way through the night, VOLUNTEER 28 , notices that much of the set being played is 80's-- and sure, it makes sense on a schematic level: the band that was hired specializes in this genre of music. But why 80s? VOLUNTEER 29 hypothesizes that maybe it's because THE BIG THREE were born in the 80s.
Eventually, LILA CASSIDY-CABELLO decides that they can’t hold up the dam any longer and go to break the seal. Heading to the washroom, they pause just short, hearing-- well. Suggestive noises coming from inside of it, despite the fact that there are stalls and it's not single use. They back away, and decide to hold it for a little longer. 😬 This is better luck than VOLUNTEER 31 had, who was in a stall when everything started and had a good look at VOLUNTEER 32 and VOLUNTEER 33 's shoes from the gaps under the stalls. VOLUNTEER 31 pulls their feet up and decides to wait it out because sgdgh how awkward.
Later in the night, TYLER WAAKA notices JENNA MORTEJOY coming out of the washroom, and it looks like they've been crying. Not wanting to feel obligated to comfort them, they turn to look the other way quickly. Which is too bad, really, because they miss seeing JENNA MORTEJOY slap the shit out of JUDE LOWE .
CLYDE MORTEJOY , unfortunately, doesn't pace themselves very well. Fortunately, after puking in the bathroom, they feel much better, and are back to the party like nothing was wrong!
YASMINE MARTIN starts the trend of taking off their shoes. TAREK MITCHELL , BLUE GARNER , and VOLUNTEER 42 are the first three to follow suit, but many follow. Unfortunately, by the end of the night, it leads to a little bit of a shoe mishap. BETHANY HUDSON offers to collect the shoes en masse so they can just be distributed tomorrow because #fuckthat.
VOLUNTEER 44 is endlessly fascinated by how ON IT the Uber drivers of San Francisco are-- seriously, you never have to wait more than, like, five minutes. If that.