Linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday
Today's topic is Grown Up Parties, parties we've thrown for the adults in our life. This is a hard one since I haven't thrown a truly adult party for years. Since many of our friends have small children, I prefer inviting the whole family to come along for brunch, an afternoon, or a BBQ - then they don't need to find a sitter, and E has someone to play with. We don't do this as much as I'd like, we are busy and so are our friends, but I'm hoping to have more people over this summer. Adult only parties will be in our future in years to come.
For my 30th birthday we had friends over and I remember it being fun, even though I was pregnant at the time and couldn't drink. We had lots of good food, drinks, cake, and and ice cream sundae bar. My birthday is in June so we were able to sit out on our back patio (at our old house). For Dave's 30th birthday we went to the Biermarkt on the Esplanade. I remember it being difficult to organize a party at a restaurant because many places wanted a fee for the space, in addition to the cost of food and drinks. The Biermarkt worked out pretty well, although their menu wasn't perfect for sharing plates.
When E was still a baby we had a couple of dinner parties where we could put E to bed and then enjoy our guests' company. We did a Minute to Win It party one time with three other couples, it was really fun. Many of us are pretty competitive so we got into the games. I have no pictures of any of these events :(
I did share my tips for hosting a small group here. This basically applies to any sort of adult party where you're not serving a meal.
Things that I like about a party:
Being outside and twinkle lights
Mexican pizza (or whatever you call it, cream cheese/sour cream layer on the bottom of a pizza pan, topped with chopped tomatoes, peppers and green onion, and cheese, eaten with nacho chips) - I tend to park myself in front of this if I see it at a party, I cannot explain my love for this
Unlimited white wine
Good conversation (as much as I love having kids at a party - my own and others - I never feel like I can have a real conversation if I've always got an eye and an ear out for my children)