Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Pity Party

A new restaurant opened near us a while ago. So we went there to check it out. When we got there, the gaggle of hostesses at the door asked me for a last name.

I looked around at the mostly empty restaurant, and then looked back at the girl, wondering why she needed my last name. "Smith," i told her.

We were seated, and when our waiter approached the table he said "So, how is the Smith party today?"

"AHA!" i said, suddenly understanding the request for the last name.

The waiter looked slightly embarrassed, telling us that the management requires them to do this.

The Mister decided that now that we know this, we are going to have some fun with it.

"Donner!" i cried.
"Grandold," chimed in the Mister.
"Pitti," i added.
"Tupperware?" says Em.

I am so ready for the next time we go there. Got any more for me?


Anonymous said...

Well, I'm guessing it must have been a decent restaurant, if you're planning to go back. Because I know you wouldn't go back for bad food just to have fun at their expense.

TTQ said...

Princess! We are talking different parties right?

TTQ said...


Lynn said...

What about the last name 'Bater' and then when they ask how the Bater party is doing you can turn to your husband can say 'Master Bater how are you doing today?" (how juvenile is that?) or if that one is too complicated, what about O'Verdehill?

Scott from Oregon said...


amusing said...


flutter said...

Oh that is funny.




Stucco said...

"Aforementioned", "Socialist" "Boston T" or "Third"

Lucia said...

Oh, I love these!

Pick some complicated name outta the phone book. Give 'em the spelling, and see how they spit it out!

Scott from Oregon said...

You have to be the Porto family!

meno said...

de, it was a reasonable place. And i so would go back just to mess with them, but you are right, not if the food sucked.

ttq, excellent!

lynn, *snicker* i love that.

scott, that has a nice ring to it.

amusing, love them, especially bridale.

flutter, very good! Slumber, ha!

stucco, i knew you would have some great ideas.

lucia, i like that idea too. Mastraoantoinisa. Deal with THAT!

SUEB0B said...

My parents use both their first and last names. They are the Kings, Joe and Faye.

And I am their daughter, Lee.

thailandchani said...

How about Changsurirothenothenom?




Special K ~Toni said...

I like everyone else's suggestion- as well as Ems!

Lynnea said...

How about:


Ok I'll stop now.

jaded said...


I'm kinda partial to Donner...

Mrs. Chili said...

Toga? Costume?

sari said...

At least your waiter didn't come up and say "hi-iii guyssss!" like every person who's served us at a restaurant lately.

urban-urchin said...

those are so funny! I too am partial to the Donner party.

Anonymous said...


meno said...

scott, i read this suggestion last night and i went to be chucking. Brilliant!

suebob, oh my god! Those are great. lee King. ha ha!

chani, but what if they ask me to spell it? :)

toni, they are pretty great. I can't wait to go back.

maggie, ha ha, you're on a roll.

patches, Hen Party, heh heh. I like it.

mrs.chili, toga! perfect.

sari, i hate it when they say "And how are WE today?" To which i always answer, "We're fine, how are WE?"

u-u, "The Donner Party of three, soon to be two!"

mamalujo, maybe i should take you with me next time. Most Excellent.

TTQ said...

Terrible (or any other word that expresses dissatisfaction)

lu said...

The boys came up with this one:


Antonia Cornwell said...

Go with a classy double-barrelled surname, like Wife-Swapping.

billygean.co.uk said...

Oh this could be fun! i can't think of any tho - it is LATE.

The hen party, maybe?


Girlplustwo said...

Easy one for me:

The Talia family

You are Jenny
He is Gene
Em is Ginny

and then, you know, rock it.

Anonymous said...

How about:


Lynn said...

You've been tagged...Now you can say you're the rockin' party!

luckyzmom said...

Vedding .....

Anonymous said...


Maybe I'm the only one that'll get that...

gary rith said...

Mr and Mrs Forkme.

Mona Buonanotte said...



Peeinda. Also Sitonda.

(Obscure, yes, but the closest I could get to potty humour. Party humour, I mean....)

OhTheJoys said...


The comments are as fun as the post!

Anonymous said...

Mr. & Mrs. House

Mr. & Mrs. Costume

... I dunno... I think all the good ones have been mentioned, LOL.
(Special kudos to Jen for the "Talia" family!)

meno said...

ttq, now i'll have to use Rotten.

lu, ah boys! :)

antonia, Cheese-tasting!

billygean, Hen is good!

jen, you rock. I will totally use that one.

redlecting pool, GAY! excellent. Or maybe just Happy.

lynn, thank you. My answer is above somewhere.

luckyzmom, one can do alot with a slight mispronunciation.

d-man, is that a NZ thing?

gary, ha ha! Love it.

mona, did you see Scott's suggestion of porto? Say it out loud, it's a riot.

oh, the joys, i would say more fun!

ortizzle, this kind of got into me and i would find myself coming up with new ones at all odd hours.

Mother of Invention said...

Has anyone said Green yet?

Liberal Conservative? I'm thinkin' Cdn!

Anonymous said...

S-Club 7. Teeny-bopper music group. One of the lines from one of their songs was "There ain't no party like an S-Club Party!".

Yes. I am ashamed.

Lee said...

All funny...hope you try them out!

Gledwood said...

Hmmm that is rather odd... then again it sounds very American to me ... we get that kinda stuff but not to such extremes (set phrases must be used etcetc ..) Richard Branston tried to set up Virgin record shops in Germany and basically gave up when the staff refused to wear uniform teeshirts .. europeans are so much more individualistic than Brits or Americans... also they do not have bars with names like "Hooters" .. .ahem ..! Anyway nice to drop by I come via a friend of a friend of yours ... if you wanna come by mine you're most welcome: gledwood2.blogspot is the place to be ... see you there hopefully (say hi if you come) all the best


Tink said...


Man... I wish WE had one of those places near us!