Really Swell Party

by Josh on August 14, 2006 · 0 comments

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We took the last week off from work while our daycare provider was away to have an “in town” vacation. We slept in, ate big breakfasts, and took our son to the beach and children’s museum.

I worked on the bedroom renovation project a bit during this time, too, but most of my house energy was directed toward preparing for a big party we had on Saturday at the conclusion of our vacation week. One thing I appreciate about nibbling at home improvement instead biting off an entire floor or a massive addition is that the house has never been so torn apart that we couldn’t put things together enough to entertain. Most of our guests had no idea that one of the bedrooms is a demolition zone.

Here’s our house party by the numbers:

  • 2 – years hosting a summer party
  • 72 – guests, including 19 children
  • 120 – ears of fresh corn on the cob (about 80 eaten)
  • 6 – bouquets of flowers, including blooms Ms. Bungalow trimmed from our own garden
  • 1 a.m. – hour we got to bed after the guests had left and we had cleaned up

Our guests brought some delicious desserts and drinks to complement the fruit, veggie and cheese platters we had made. Of our menu items, we heard particularly enthusiastic feedback about the corn (which I got from the St. Paul Farmers’ Market that morning), my handmade mocha truffles, and the apricot cocktail sauce we served with the shrimp cocktail. I lifted the cocktail sauce idea from the wedding I attended a couple weeks back. Here’s the recipe I used in case you’d like to try it yourself:

Apricot Cocktail Sauce

2/3 Cup Apricot jam or preserves
1 Tbsp. Hot prepared horseradish (adjust to taste)
1/2 tsp. White pepper
Juice from one lime
Pinch salt to taste

Combine the ingredients in a glass bowl. (I use a stick blender to make sure the ingredients are mixed well and to smooth out the texture from the apricot preserves.) Refrigerate for at least an hour or two so the flavors have time to mingle.

Sweet! Hot! Yummy!

If you are one of the friends, neighbors or family that joined us for our “Really Swell Party,” thanks for making the event so much fun. We had a great time and we hope you did, too! A special word to my parents, brother and sister-in-law: Thanks for all your help shucking corn, cutting veggies, slicing cheese, and running the cooker– we couldn’t have done it without you.

And now, an end to my in-town vacation and back to my regularly scheduled life…

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