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Old 06-06-2006, 05:45 PM   #11
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Claire,
You're fortunate to have someone else bring other dishes. The last time we entertained was two weeks ago (on my daughter's luau b-day party). We had a little over 20 people here. I ended up doing everything, birthday cakes, salads, fried rice, steamed rice, dips, sauces, piña coladas, including the marinaded chicken and pork skewers for DH to grill. I give him credit since he did all the decorating for the girls in the backyard. He literally turned it into a tiki! We were so tired then to even enjoy the party. Blah! But we did it! As much as I love cooking, I will have to get a headstart with the cooking the day before we entertain. Our next time we get to entertain will probably be for the 4th of July with two guests-lol-my BIL and his girlfriend only.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:58 PM   #12
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Dina, I used to try to do it all myself, but gave up on it. Here most of my guests call and ask what they can bring. Our core group for parties all KNOW to bring something -- Even my unexpected company stopped at the store for some champagne. Sometimes even with all the contributions it can be exhausting. But we all love to get together, so pitch in. Part of it is that we're probably older than you -- very few children involved (the group I hang with range from 30s through 70s). Screaming children can wear me out very quickly. but we always help each other when we entertain, and it does make a difference. Even then the cleaning before and after can wear a girl down.
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Old 06-08-2006, 10:35 AM   #13
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I know what you mean Claire-the afterwards can be so tiring!!!But I for one would rather be tuckered out for a couple of days afterwards than not visit with my friends.Luckily they all help out.One of our friends was here at 6:30 am the morning of my son's grad party to help pitch the tents in the backyard-the party wasn't until 3!We only have a few "little" ones that come and my daughter and son's girlfriend usually do a craft with them or color with them-I guess I'm lucky that way.I hope you get more enjoyment out of your parties than fatigue and lots and lots of wonderful memories!!!So i wish you love and LOTS of energy, Vicki
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Old 06-08-2006, 10:50 AM   #14
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I'm planning on having a simple 4th of July Party. Just a cook-out and BYOB party. Nothing fancy just a party for us all to get together and relax and enjoy the day.

BBQ Chicken, Italian Sausages w/peppers & onions, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs
Pasta Salad
Baked Beans
Cole Slaw
Cucumbers & Onions
Chips
Watermelon and Cantelope
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Old 06-08-2006, 11:02 AM   #15
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Love that sound of that Sizz and so simple and "PATRIOTIC" :)
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Old 06-10-2006, 12:48 PM   #16
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VQ, obviously I agree with you. I already have folk around town asking when I'm throwing my summer party. I'm skipping it this year because $$$$ .... even with all that help, it isn't cheap. And this year we're replacing the porch on our 1854 house, a great old lady who has been missing her dress for 20+ years. It won't be cheap, plus our hot water heater failed a couple months ago and needed replacement. But, luckily, being out of work (retired? just quit? whatever you want to call it!) I have the option of spending all day washing up, then spending another day doing nothing but sitting with a book and bottle of wine.
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Old 06-11-2006, 09:18 AM   #17
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Claire - your house sounds wonderful and inviting and "plastic surgery" on those old beauties can be a fortune I'm sure!!!Lots of luck with the renovation- maybe next year you can throw her a "look at me" BBQ!
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Old 06-11-2006, 12:53 PM   #18
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... can't plan anything until after our Sunday stop at Starbucks....lol
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Old 06-12-2006, 08:29 AM   #19
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Oh, Vicki, I won't wait until next year. As soon as the porch is on, we'll have freinds over. It just won't be the 40+ people our normal 2x/yr party is!
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Old 06-12-2006, 08:32 AM   #20
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(((Claire)))I guess you and I have a similar passion for entertaining whether it be 20 or 100 we have to get our "fixes" :).
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