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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Summer fun!

We celebrated the end of summer with a Lobster and Clam Boil! Although I am definitely in the turf rather than surf camp when it comes to food, I was swayed by the possibilities of red and white checkand bright red lobsters (plus my husband is a fan of the shelled bottom feeders). I embraced all aspects of the celebration and left the devouring to the guests. Of our 28 guests - almost half were lobster eaters and the other half not so they was plenty of food and good times for all regardless of their preferences for crustaceans.



We found a recipe for Lobster and Clam Boil online which included a broth of Old Bay Seasoning, white wine and onions. The smell was delicious and although we learned that everyone has their own favorite way to cook lobsters - it was a success! It's so nice that our daughter is now old enough to enjoy assisting in the kitchen and with party hosting.

The Decor


Decor included red checkered table clothes and napkins, tin pie plates, galvanized buckets, newspaper printed wax paper, red lanterns and fresh flowers from the gardens. Buckets held the tools required for eating lobster and collected the debris after the fact. Although we had original planned to set up the tables outside - rain relocated the festivities to our barn. We set up a tent outside for the propane stoves and 


The Food

For surf lovers we had lobsters and clams, potatoes and corn on the cob. For all french bread and baked beans. For the turf lovers grilled chicken, corn on the cob, kielbasa and potatoes.

 

And the show stopping cake for dessert!


 

 Guests enjoying food and wearing crazy hats ... thank you all for a great evening!


 

 

 

 


  


 
 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Swing your partner round and round!

 


We celebrated the last weekends of summer with a barn dance! From the first do-si-do to the last swing your partner, it was a good time for all. The theme allowed us to really utilize our barn and it worked great.


 
 

A three piece band with fiddler and caller were on hand to teach us a variety of line and square dances. 

 
   

Right outside the barn, long tables were perfect for catching our breath, visiting with friends and enjoying dinner.


After dinner, we feasted on a buffet of slab pies!

 

 

 
Bonus picture of our little dancer :o)

 

Friday, October 21, 2016

12 Years of Halloween Fun!



My sister and I are getting ready to host our twelfth annual Halloween Party next weekend! It's something we look forward to each year and normally have the next year's theme picked before we have even hosted the current party. Looking back through the photos makes me smile as it offers a snap shot of our lives each year for the past twelve years. Some faces have changed, the locations have moved and we've all gotten a little older. With each year's photos, you can see changing relationships, marriages, births and moves. I love reminiscing by looking through the photos - I don't think I could pick a favorite party!

Our themes for the past twelve years

2016 - Drive In Movie
2015 - Glow in the Dark
2014 - Rehearsal Dinner Trick or Treating
2013 - Dinner in the Apple Orchard
2012 - Dracula's Wake
2011 - A Celebration of Phobias
2010 - Starring Vintage Horror Films
2010 - Kid's Mad Science Lab
2009 - Dracula's Ball
2009 - Kid's Monster Mash
2008 - Candy Inspired Soriee
2007 - CSI Dinner
2006 - Day of the Dead Gathering
2005 - Harry Potter Ball
2004 - First Halloween Dinner

The first small party crowd (all still attending except for Amy who moved back to California from New York making the distance too far to commute)


We all look so young! Our youngest guests in particular show the years passing. Bella attended her first party in 2006 at just a few months old. She is now 10!

 

As relationships started, new faces have became regular guests at each party.


The first few years, the parties were mostly adults, but then new babies started appearing each year!

  


We have celebrated in Hampstead, our condo in Merrimack, Katie's condo in Epping and this year our house in Nottingham. We also took the party on the road ... an indoor mini golf course, an apple orchard and even our wedding venue.



We love integrating the theme into invitations, decorations and menus. Our guests even related their costumes to the theme some years!

 
 
 
  


So many great times with wonderful friends! Here's to 12 more parties and all the things that the next 12 years bring to our lives.