"Those were some of the nicest people I've ever met. There wasn't a single asshole in the bunch"A party has a life of its own. You try and create the right conditions; you hope you've got good food and good booze, and you try and set up comfortable spaces for people to hang out. If you're lucky, once your guests arrive and start to interact with each other, things take off and all you have to do from that point is ride the wave.
-My mother, describing the people who showed up for our 4th of July party last night
We love our party guests. They call and email and ask what they can bring, they pitch in and chop vegetables and clear plates and bring wine and delicious baked goods. They help MizBubs pass food into the dining room when she can't get through the crowd; they tell stories, they re-light your tiki torches, they show up with extra people in tow...in short, they make your party. We are especially blessed to be surrounded by good people.
This year's party started right on time with people showing up at 4pm, while it was still raining. By 6 we had a good crowd, and they were hungry. The food got devoured, a good portion of the crowd left by 9:30 or 10, and then a few of us got to sit and socialize until almost 1. It was very relaxing.
Early (it was still raining when the first people showed up)
Later (nothing like seeing your breath fog in July. I can't wait to move south)
Sunday morning: fine weather for a 4th of July party, huh?
The Sunday afternoon cocktail is Ska Brewing Pinstripe Red Ale, and whatever is left in the coolers.