The Larkey Ladle Legacy Lives On / by Vanessa Larkey

 Drink from this ladle and become a Larkey forever. 

Drink from this ladle and become a Larkey forever. 

The sign of an amazing engagement party? Throwing back ladle shots with your fam while listening to some sweet music. What's a ladle shot? Patience, young grasshopper! 

This past Saturday my parents threw us a mini engagement party with my Dad's side of the family. Peter and I were so impressed with the work my parents and bridesmaids put into the event. A selfie station? Check. Jenga guestbook*? Check. Delicious greek food? Check. Ladle shots? CHECK CHECK CHECK CHECK! 

My MOH Kayla even convinced Peter and I to wear bride and groom buttons and play engagement party games, although she did have a bit of help from my good friend Pinot Grigio. It was such a fun party, and we are so lucky to have such amazing family in our lives. 

So! Still curious about the ladle shot, right? Well, you've read this far so I'll let you know.  

A few years back a bunch of Canadians (read: Larkeys) walked into a bar in Minnesota. On the menu? Ladle shots. What's the big deal with that? 32 ounces of pure alcohol, baby! Obviously it's too much for one person, which means the ladle gets passed around and everyone takes a big gulp. If you're thinking that's gross, you're probably right. Good thing the 'ick' factor goes away after your second sip! 

ANYWAY! The ladle night is now Larkey legend, and we had the chance to recreate it at the engagement party thanks to my cousin Marty (full name Marty-the-one-man-party). The ladle was passed around a few times that night, and we can't wait to bust it out at our next party. 

Although Peter and I aren't typically into drawing attention to ourselves, I have to admit that it was pretty cool to celebrate our relationship with our family. It made us both really excited for Nov. 19. 

 *The Jenga guestbook was reaaally cool. Will do a separate post about it in a few weeks. 

 Uncle Jim appreciates a good drink in a stainless steel ladle. 

Uncle Jim appreciates a good drink in a stainless steel ladle. 

 Pierrette throws the ladle back! 

Pierrette throws the ladle back! 

 Sister selfie in the mudroom! 

Sister selfie in the mudroom!