That time we got out-partied by old people…

by Erika Torres

It was my mom’s 50th birthday this past weekend and we rented a big ole party bus to take us wine tasting in Temecula, about 90 minutes from where we live.

Our extended family is pretty much divided between the adults aka old people who are our parents, and then “the kids” aka all the cousins, and we range from mid-20s to mid-30s…

The bus had a disco light and two stripper poles, if that gives you any indication of the type of bus ride it was.

I would show you photos, but this is a PG-13 kinda blog… so let’s keep it somewhat classy, k?

I’ve been wine tasting before. Several times, actually. And I know the importance of pacing yourself.

But those adults, man. They were chugging wine on the bus like it was going out of style. Beer, wine, mimosas. They weren’t discriminating.

Me? I was chugging my water, hydrating for the day ahead. All us kids knew those adults were gonna be sloshed by the time we hit the first winery.

The adults were wrapping themselves around that stripper pole like they do naughty things in the bedroom. And us kids, were all like “Just you guys wait…on the way back, you’ll all be passed out and we’ll be in charge of keeping the party going.”

But here’s the thing… those adults…they.never.stopped.partying.

At the first winery, everybody was feeling good. At the second winery, they kept drinking–even getting double tastings! At the third winery, they just wouldn’t quit! They were still walking straight and everything.

Us kids, were over here like “when are you guys going to stop?”

And those adults were like “haha, you suckers! we’ll show YOU how to party!”

It was surreal. I just don’t even know how they had the stamina. All we could muster up to say was we hope we can party like them when we’re old.

Everyone had a ton of fun, and we all drank a lot, probably more than we should have. I had a fear of being hung over the next day that kept me drinking water after pretty much every sip of alcohol.

I just can’t party like I used to back when I was 24. I’m almost 30, people!

But still, growing older doesn’t stop me from acting silly.

One thing Eric and I like to do is take “prom pictures.” And since we visited the same winery we went to two years ago, we thought we would recreate it.

Do your parents out-party you? 

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Erin @ Gen Y Finances February 27, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Haha, that’s amazing! My dad doesn’t drink at all and my mom is loopy after a glass and a half of wine, so I “party harder” than the “adults” in my life.

However, as a 24 year old, I can’t handle nearly as much as I could when I was 21. I drink less and still get hungover unless I gulp copious amounts of water.

Well Heeled Blog February 25, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Your parents sound awesome! Glad you all had such a good time. How did you like Temecula compared to Napa/Sonoma?

newlywedsonabudget February 27, 2014 - 9:38 am

I think Napa Sonoma is definitely classier, whereas Temecula it’s more laid back. But I’m just thankful we have such a close wine-tasting region!

Jolene February 25, 2014 - 12:05 pm

LOL!! I am dying – first at the prom pics, hysterical!! that is awesome and second, I TOTALLY thought the ‘adults’ were gonna crash and burn even after reading the headline of this blog 😉 Go ‘adults!’ so funny!! And PS I really want to go to Temecula!!

CeCe @Pink Sunshine February 25, 2014 - 8:44 am

Too funny! And yes, my parents have out partied us before and it cracks me up! If they are out partying us now how are we going to be when we are their age? Maybe you get some kind of 3rd wind once you get past your 50’s!!

Tabitha February 25, 2014 - 8:32 am

My parents aren’t really the partying type, but there was one time that my dad came with us to a Scottish festival and drank like A GALLON of this stuff called Captain Argyle’s (a drink made of 5 different flavors of rum and a splash of pineapple soda). The password to get a taste of this stuff is, “The captain is a sneaky bastard,” because HE IS. It tastes like tropical punch, not at all like it is 88% rum, so it’s easy to drink a bunch before you realize you are getting drunk. We’ve seen people drink a lot of this stuff and become a hot mess pretty quickly…but my dad drank easily triple the amount anyone else has ever had in one day, and he was functioning normally (maybe even at a HIGHER energy level) all day! The only thing I noticed was that his cheeks got a bit flushed, probably just from all the laughing because we hang out with hilarious people at Scottish festivals. And then at the end of the night when we were driving back home, my dad said, “That was fun!” and then immediately passed out. True story! 🙂

Christine February 24, 2014 - 2:01 pm

This is fantastic. The “old” people in my family can definitely out party myself and my cousins. This story is like nearly every major holiday at our house. Hahaha. Love it!

Mrs. Pop @ Planting Our Pennies February 24, 2014 - 12:05 pm

We are regularly out-partied by the retirees that live in our neighborhood. From the spry “young” ones who are 60ish to our favorite 93-year-old next door neighbor, they’re always up for a glass of wine (or three!) and a good time. In fact, one discovered a “new” drink and has invited us over for drinks tonight… sparkling wine and fruit punch, here we come! But we told her we can only stay for one since we’ve got to work in the morning. =)

Kim February 24, 2014 - 10:25 am

My friends and I invite our parents out with us a lot and they can DEFINITELY out drink their kids. We all say the same thing “Hope we can still hang like that in 30 years!”

E.M. February 24, 2014 - 10:19 am

Oh, that is too funny! Those in my immediate family don’t drink too much, but we had a big extended family party two years ago that was loads of fun. All the older (40+) cousins were drinking and even the 70-80 year olds were having a blast. Happy Birthday to your mom, and cute pictures!

Tanner February 24, 2014 - 9:24 am

Wow, I am so jealous you have such a fun family! It looks like a great, awesome time. I’ve never seen my parents party. They don’t even drink. And neither do we (the children), though my brother who is married may have a beer here and there. I don’t care for alcohol at all. Though I wish we could do stuff like that. Looks totally fun. Love the prom photos! You two look super cute.


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