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Mexican Fiesta, Edna Earle Benton Style
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008

On the evening of September 29, Edna Earle Benton hosted her annual theme party at her home. This year’s theme was Mexican Fiesta. Guests were encouraged to dress the part and bring a favorite Mexican dish for the potluck dinner. Tables were decorated in brightly colored covers and napkins. Each place setting provided a sugary praline and other sweet treats. Just before the party was to begin, a beautiful centerpiece was delivered from Arriana Eckert because she could not attend due to a prior commitment. It was placed on the main table.

A friendly, casual atmosphere had guests moving from room to room in the historic old Benton home. After the dinner of a wide variety of spicey foods, guests were asked to look under each chair. If a number was found, a gag gift was awarded. One such gift was a fluffy ball that was thrown from guest to guest with the recipient standing and telling how he or she happened to live in Mason and when they arrived. A wide variety of “tales” ensued. At the end of this activity, the hostess threw down a fancy Mexican sombrero with a “double dog dare” to this writer to do the Mexican hat dance......I must say that it was not the first time that I had performed that particular embarrassment, and could not let a “double dog dare” stand.

Attending the party were Judy and Jerry Johnson from near London, Texas; Sheila and Dan Durflinger; Pat and Jim Robar; Carol and Ray Jordan; Mary Kay, Gordan, and Alec Carruth; Sharon Behrens; Maudi Bergmann; Earl and Judy Koch; Tonya Lamoreaux; Larry and Barbara Brown; Mary Carlman; Bo and Kristy Powell; and me, Betty Meyer from Rochelle.

As usual, Edna Earle Benton made the evening a success and had everyone in attendance having fun and getting acquainted with each other. Next year’s theme is still a mystery.

(picture attached: Edna Earle Benton places a surprise centerpiece received for her Mexican Fiesta on September 29.)

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