2013 Festivus For The Rest Of Us and Movie Night

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Date(s) - 06/22/2013
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Gardnier Family Home


Hi Everyone. With all of the craziness of our lives…we are failing to do something that I think is very important. We are missing the opportunities to celebrate important dates of our friends and loved ones.

We would like to invite all of our friends and family to our Festivus For The Rest Of Us.

2013 Festivus For The Rest Of Us and Movie Night

  • Potluck style party/dinner so please sign up to bring Food, Deserts and Drinks in the comment section below.
  • You can gauge how much to bring by reviewing the comments below (and help others by leaving your own)
  • For Movie Night, please bring a Lawn Chair and a Coat as it can get cold before it is over.
  • Please do not bring any gifts.

So while the party is not a surprise to Cheryl, her present will be. The theme I think will be simple, like Mexican fiesta. You can view this video to see what Cheryl’s gift is (It goes with the theme).

Here are the people that we have missed their birthdays or anniversaries. If I have missed someone that should be listed here send their name, what event we missed, a picture of them and a 100 dollar donation to the Donald J Gardnier Retirement Fund at Email Don (just kidding on the donation).

Happy Birthday StephanieStephanie Happy Birthday to my beautiful Princess CherylCheryl
Happy Birthday to Duane



Happy 20th Anniversary to Troy and Stacey
Happy Birthday Dan. I know you will all be amazed when I tell you I photo-shopped a smile onto his face!!!Dan Smile Happy Birthday Melissa. It is not here yet but we will surely miss it!12995_129416273901827_99521917_n_002
Happy Birthday to my Beautiful EmilyEmily Fish Happy Birthday to Don. Dan insists that he didn’t photo-shop my picture but I think he didDon Scary 2
Welcome ParkerParker Happy Birthday GoatGoat
 Happy Birthday Jim.  Nuff saidJim  Happy Anniversary Dan & KimDan and Kim
 Happy Anniversary Duane and Silvia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Happy Anniversary Mary and GailGail and Mary
 Happy Birthday MichelleMichelle

Items Needed for the Pot Luck (Can be broken up between more than 1 person, but need enough for the number of people shown below).  GREEN= I think we have enough.  YELLOW = Have some, may need more.  RED= No one has signed up to bring this yet.  BLACK = I don’t know what is happening with this yet.

Carne Asada  Chicken (Boneless for Pollo Asada)  Burgers/Buns (for kids)
 Hot Dogs/Buns(for kids)  Flower and CornTortillas Salsa
 Guacamole  A crap load of chips  Fruit punch/lemon aid (for kids)
Bottled Water (kids and adults)  Beer, Wine…  Assorted Margarita/daiquiris mixes and salt rimmer/salt
 Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Lettuces, Tomatoes, SWEET Onions and american cheese for Hamburgers
  Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, etc.
 100 pounds of Ice  Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Candy  A crap load of Nacho Cheese
Grated Cheese  & Sour Cream To  Rice & Beans  Popcorn for the popcorn maker
 Paper plates (Large sturdy)  Paper plates (small for deserts)  Thick forks, knives and spoons
 Plastic Cups  Propane  Large  Trash bags

Stacey and Kim have graciously agreed to coordinate the event. The “Leave Reply” section will be available to you once you have registered.

Recap of  the 2013 Festivus For The Rest Of Us

What do you get when a Whiter than White Boy throws a Mexican style party?  Well the quote of the day came from Lupita who looked down at the flour tortillas on the grill and told me that we were supposed to be having Tacos not Tostadas!  Funny, they looked perfectly done to me 🙂

Let me start by saying that we feel so blessed to have so many loving, caring and AMAZING friends.  For 7 years I have had two beautiful grills in the shed waiting for a place to put them.  A couple of weeks ago Julian came over and helped me get them set up for the party.  I wanted to also give special thanks to Kim and Stacey for all of their efforts in helping me get this organized.  This was the first time we used the “Event Manager” program and it was a learning experience.  It has many options and I will continue to customize it each event to make it easier and better for all of us :-).  Kim, you were amazing as at the last minute you jumped in and really got the last minute details taken care of.  For some reason the event manager was not updating everyone as new people made comments.  You truly saved the day and I am sooooo grateful.  Troy showed us all that he is the true Grill Master as he knocked out hot dogs, Pollo Asada and Carne Asada.  Dan and Julian took up the blades, slicing and dicing and chopping all that Asada into itsy bitsy bits!  A flurry of other people organized the food and readied it for the Festivus.

Of special note was

  • Stephanie’s incredible Carrot Cake and amazing Poolo Asada
  • Some crazzzzzzy good flour tortillas that Lupita’s mom sent (we missed them at the party)
  • Julian got busy with some home made Salsa Verde (I think that is correct), Guacamole, and salsa
  • Kim made her famous Mexican rice and beans.
  • Cheryl, my lovely wife made that amazing Carne Asada.
  • And all of the rest of you who brought all of the things we needed to make this wonderful event possible!
  • With Event Manager being a new system and unfamiliar to many people, some delayed or did not enter in what they were bringing.  Thanks to Melissa, Phil, Christopher and Stephanie who went out on Friday and just bought everything on the list that had not been marked as bought by others.

At the end of the night, Matt, Alex and Phil stuck around and helped me to take down and put away all of the things that it took to make this possible.

It seems as if the Frozen concoction maker was a hit.  Looking over from time to time it seemed as if someone was constantly make drinks 🙂  I guess the biggest issue we have now is all of the left over booze.  I guess we will have to have you all come over for some drinks one evening!

If I missed anyone’s home made dishes, please forgive me and thank you for your efforts.  For all of those who helped in various ways and I missed mentioning you, sorry and we really appreciate all that you did.  I think that everyone had a great time and the kids loved it!

Julian and Lupita took a bunch of Beautiful pictures.  They emailed me a link but only some of them came through.  I have decided to try another new technology and upload the pictures here.  If this works you will be able to upload pictures to. This is not to replace Facebook, Twitter, etc. it is just because several of the people who attend our parties are not on Facebook and cannot see the photos we share.  The photo upload service below is brand new and was just added to our website today. It is not perfect, but I will work on it to make it better to. At this time you will only be able to view the photos on a devise that has FLASH (usually your home computer).  But I will try to have that corrected by the next event so that you can see the photos on your phones to 🙂  Please feel free to upload any photos that you took and share them with everyone.

If you wish to upload pictures (which can also be seen by those who are not on Facebook), and have not already done so, please Log In now.  You can also Register or retrieve lost passwords at that link.

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See Who Has Already Registered

  • Kimberly Gonzales
  • Cheryl
  • Stephanie & Alex Barcelo
  • Melissa Lovins & Phil Hendrick
  • Julian & Lupita
  • silvia Moltman
  • mrsgoe
  • Gail
  • Mandy
  • Carye & Jim
  • Stacey
  • Christopher

Confirm Attendance

Do NOT enter a comment in this section it will not be seen by anyone. Enter the number of Adults and Children, then click the "Send your booking" button. Your info will be added above. Then, PLEASE take a look at the email you just received with your username and password. Click the link in the email to log in and make comments in the "Leave A Reply" section below. If this is a potluck type event, update everyone in that section on what you are bringing.

Bookings are closed for this event.


  1. Cheryl
    10 June 13, 9:53am

    Hi everyone, please make sure to make comments here and let us know what you are bringing. This will help everyone else to understand what is already taken care of, and what we still need.

    We look forward to celebrating the Festivus For The Rest Of Us with all of you!

  2. Julian & Lupita
    10 June 13, 5:23pm

    Guacamole, salsa verde and tortillas.

  3. kimber
    10 June 13, 7:56pm

    Hey all this is going to be a fiesta for the besta, cant wait I’m bringing enough rice, beans for everyone.

  4. mrsgoe
    14 June 13, 10:02am

    We will be bringing the “crap load of nacho cheese!” Can’t wait, it will be a great time!

  5. mrsgoe
    14 June 13, 10:10am

    Just told the cheese is taken care of so I will bring bottled water and plates 🙂

  6. Cheryl
    14 June 13, 10:46am

    We will provide the Carne Asada, the forks, knives, and spoons, the Trash bags, and the Propane.

  7. Stephanie & Alex Barcelo
    17 June 13, 7:55am

    We will bring the Pollo Asada.

  8. kimber
    18 June 13, 9:50pm

    I’m baaaack we are also bringing polla asada and a dessert of some kind….. come on peeps sign on we need to know how many people are coming.

  9. Carye & Jim
    19 June 13, 9:36pm

    We’ll bring desserts – cookies, cake &/or pie & some beer/wine

  10. Cheryl
    20 June 13, 8:17am

    Test 3

  11. stacey
    20 June 13, 12:11pm

    I will bring something =)

  12. stacey
    20 June 13, 12:59pm

    I will bring a big bag of unopened ice for in a cooler and pina colada mix with some rum.

  13. Diane
    20 June 13, 2:10pm

    Hi everyone. Luis and I are going to try to make it but just don’t know if it will be possible. I will update you when I know more. In case we can’t make it, I hope your Festivus is the BestOfUs 🙂

  14. stacey
    20 June 13, 2:26pm

    I am also bringing hot dogs and buns

  15. silvia Moltman
    20 June 13, 2:34pm

    I am bringing the Nacho Cheese and a Load of Chips

  16. Melissa Lovins & Phil Hendrick
    20 June 13, 3:51pm

    We will bring the burgers & buns and plastic cups.

  17. kimber
    20 June 13, 4:27pm

    Im also bringing Shredded cheese, sour cream, red salsa…

  18. mrsgoe
    20 June 13, 6:01pm

    I am still bringing bottled water and paper plates. In addition, I will bring 6 bottles of wine and a bag of ice.

  19. Stephanie & Alex Barcelo
    22 June 13, 12:59am

    Mom Chris and I went shopping tonight, this is what we got.
    Hamburgers and buns
    2 bottles of Tequila
    1 bottle Rum
    Margarita mix (2 regular, 1 strawberry, 1 mango, 1 pomegranate)
    Salt for Margaritas, sugar for Daiquiris
    Lemonade powder, Hawaiian punch flavored Kool Aid powder
    Small cups for kids
    Tomatoes, lettuce, onions
    Lemon bunt cake
    Home made carrot cake cupcakes (They smell great but I have not tried them yet)

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