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May 21, 2014

One of my favorite things to do is plan something fun during the work week. When I graduated college and entered the work force, most likely the hardest adjustment I made as a working adult was learning that I couldn’t go out and party-hardy on Tuesdays anymore. Or any day during the work week, for that matter.

At UNC, Tuesdays were THE NIGHT to see and be seen, much to my mother’s astonishment and disapproval. Our disgusting yet amazing college bar Bob’s hosted a smashing party dubbed DJ Night every Tuesday, serving up cold Bud Lights for $2.50, endless opportunities for flirtation and general drunken tomfoolery.

Had an exam on Wednesday at 9am? Who cares. It was Tuesday and therefore we went to Bob’s to drink and dance to a laptop hooked up to loud speakers. My priorities were on point. Some of my fondest — and dimmest — college memories were created at Bob’s on Tuesdays, including meeting my dear husband, Wilson. A setting so romantic it rivals even the most poignant Shakespearean love stories.

The fall from the wonderful, comfortable cloud that was college to the cold, hard ground that is adulthood was made all the more crushing by the elimination of school-night partying.

But then I discovered that adults party mid-week as well, they just do so on a more appropriate level. My heart leaped with joy at the first invitation to a mid-week dinner party, held at a friend’s house and consisted of eating frozen pizza on the floor. It was spectacular. While I’ve exchanged the college tradition of slamming vodka drinks with grain alcohol at 10pm with moderately chugging sipping a bottle glass of Malbec, I’m happy to report that partying during the week is still great fun and Wilson and I do it all the time. 

Like last week’s grill session that served up this casual-cool table setting.

long table

The deliciously perfect weather provided the ultimate backdrop for ol’ Wilson and I to have some great friends over and cook some shiz on da grill.


These Skyros plates + these Caspari napkins + these rattan chargers + these cheap matelasse placemats from Marshalls + these pretty blue glasses = easy outdoor dining place setting. I cut a few sprigs of rosemary to put on top of the napkins to keep them in place because it was a tad windy. And for a little flair.

plates upclose

Upclose table 2

Wilson’s mint julep cups make an appearance again. If you don’t have some already, invest in a few. They are very useful.

place setting

I love the cutlery from our wedding registry. It’s pretty, heavy and goes with everything.

overhead view

Upclose table

Simple. Beautiful.

rocking chairs


left side of the table

When a friend asked Wilson and I if we wanted to go on a double date a few weeks ago, I ecstatically cut across her, exclaiming, “How about Tuesday!?”

Some things never change.

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  • Reply Katherine Johnson June 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Love this post Anna! I’m glad i’m not the only one who frequently feels nostalgic for DJ Night. 🙂 Best of luck with your exciting move!!

    • Reply Anna June 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Haha no you are definitely not the only one. Wilson feels the same way too 🙂 Thank you so much, hope you are well!

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