Last night was Zach’s senior homecoming. He went, of course, with his beloved Emilie. Inspired by Grace’s family last year, we decided to have a big dinner party here at the house for his friends.
It grew by leaps and bounds from “a few friends” to SEVENTEEN teens at my house for a sit down dinner. I am a big believer in the more, the merrier, and this used both my dining table and my big patio table as well as every plate I had in the house.
I actually really enjoy cooking for company, I find it enjoyable and relaxing. We had chips, salsa and guacamole for an appetizer, while the early arrivals played Rock Band and Guitar Hero. I made enough food for a medium army: smoked, spice rubbed brisket, grilled silver salmon, mashed garlic potatoes, rice pilaf, baby peas, a ranch salad and sourdough rolls, with different varieties of sparkling and fresh pressed apple cider in wine glasses with dinner. For dessert, a couple of moms brought brownies, pumpkin pie, and a fruit bowl.
My master bedroom and bathroom were taken over by the girls who were getting ready at my house. I don’t have daughters – this was foreign territory to me, and quite fun! With some combination of twelve girls prepping for a semiformal dance, I think my bedroom was drawing enough power to brown out my region of Poulsbo.
The kids – young adults, really – were awesome guests, polite, thankful, positive, articulate and affectionate and supportive with each other. They toasted both Zach and me for hosting the event, which was very sweet.
Zach and Emilie clean up very well, and looked adorable together, as usual.
I’d like to thank Brandi and Ann, fellow moms, who stayed the whole time. Not only were they great company, they shared my serving and cider steward duties and were dishwashing heroes.
I’m grateful Zach was willing to share this milestone with me in our home – it was great fun and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.