What a bittersweet occasion for a party. As Joe Giudice prepares to head to prison, his family and friends wanted to make sure he was showered with love at a going away party. Keep reading for all the details on his emotional goodbye affair!
Two days before Joe Giudice begins his 41-month prison sentence, the 43-year-old reality star spent all the quality time he could with those closest to him. Despite the looming jail time, Joe was able to say goodbye to his family and friends in a rather fun, yet tearful, way: A going away party! Joe’s loved ones gathered in New Jersey on March 21, and we have the scoop on exactly what happened as they sent Joe off.
Although there were some tears shed during the soirée, Teresa Giudice and co. did their best to make their night with Joe memorable. The event included a mechanical bull (on which the whole Guidice gang all took a ride!), a buffet and music, according to E! News. But most importantly, the party room was filled with guests laughing, talking, and enjoying Joe’s company before he leaves.
Joe’s goodbye party was held at Blu Alehouse in Riverdale, N.J., which is owned by John Harms, a friend of Joe and Teresa’s. John told E! that he was determined to make the night a special one for his longtime pal. “It was amazing, as perfect as I would have wanted it. It was just family and true friends…Teresa and the girls were there, obviously. Joe’s mom and his sisters and brothers and aunts and uncles. It was a family reunion,” he told E!. “There ended up being about 150 people. The restaurant was filled. It was great. About 50 kids.” Watch ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ anytime by joining Amazon Prime for free RIGHT HERE!
Aww, how sweet is that? Considering Teresa was just released from jail three months ago herself, it isn’t easy for the Giudices to deal with another family member heading to prison, especially so soon. It does sound like this party was a great way to keep up their spirits during such a tough time, though. Plus, the Real Housewives of New Jersey cameras weren’t allowed into the party, so Joe was fully able to enjoy the company of his loved ones.
In fact, Joe even lead a toast during the night, and it was clear he was touched that they would hold such a nice event for his farewell. “He told everyone, ‘Stop making me cry, I’m not going to the electric chair,'” John revealed to E!. “His attitude is as good as it can be. You can tell he’s being strong for everyone else. There were a lot of tears.”
As for his last night before he heads to prison, Joe will be spending it with his wife and kids. Joe’s sentence is almost three times as long as Teresa’s was, so it will be a trying 41 months for their family. But after the family threw such a special going away party for Joe, hopefully the transition won’t be so tough!
Do you think Joe’s goodbye party was a nice way to send him off, HollywoodLifers?