Homecoming 2009

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.

Zach and Em at dinner

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. :)

Dinner Table

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.

Dinner Table 2

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.

Zach and Em

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.

10 Responses to “Homecoming 2009”

  1. Dr. Phil Says:

    My mother once held a midnight dinner party for clowns. No, really. My cousin was in Ringling-Brothers at the time and the house was apparently filled with clowns, plus they invited the Ringmaster. He brought his wig on its stand with him — the wig had a name and goes with him everywhere.

    Both of these dinners were clearly nights to remember.

    Dr. Phil

  2. Janiece Says:

    You’re an awesome Mom, Jeri. Zach’s a lucky kid.

  3. WendyB_09 Says:

    Looks like fun! Kudos to you for giving the kids a safe haven to celebrate and get ready. And everyone looked great when they left.

    Many years ago I had the chance to play prom mom for a young extended-family nephew to cover a conflict in events. Was fun getting him ready in his tux and taking him over to the young lady’s house, then doing the photo thing with her parents. Then her parents took over and played chauffer for several of the couples for the evening.

    The brother beat me to it and I thought of the same thing as I read this. I can verify the clown dinners at my parents house, had several clown adventures myself when the crew came through here.

  4. Paulette Says:

    oh how fun!! Wish I could have been there to help… :)

  5. Jeri Says:

    Phil, Wendy, the clown dinner sounds awesome. The teens were not quite so intentionally funny – but still great entertainment.

    Janiece – I’m a lucky mom, too. Not every kid would have enjoyed, or had friends who would enjoy, such an event. :) One girl said, “It’s the first time I’ve eaten over at someone else’s house and had something besides pizza.” And another said, “I’ve never played Rock Band or video games at a formal pre-function before, this is great!” I’m so thankful that I get to have he and his friends hanging out here – I get to meet them and know that he’s in good company and safe.

    Paulette, you would have aided immensely in the red vs white sparkling cider selection. ;) Seriously, it would have been fun and you totally would have enjoyed the girls-getting-ready part!

  6. Vince Says:

    How fun! And how great they let you take pictures. When my daughter was younger he birthday and sometimes other occasions was filled with her friends over for the night. We’d set everything up, had good food and snacks for later, and they would have a great time staying up most the night. I miss those days (but not the cleaning up part).

  7. WendyB_09 Says:

    Yes, they were fun. Also had an actual clown car adventure with my 2-seater sports car and about 10 people one time…cousin’s clown partner hopped out, looked at the crowd we’d attracted at the gas station where I was dropping them off, and declared (in his most serious announcer voice…) “We’re professionals, don’t try this at home.”

    I’ve always regretted not having a camera with me that day.

  8. Barb Says:

    You are a brave, brave woman, Jeri. But you have created a very special memory for 17 guys/gals. They will remember this their whole lives – and YOU made it happen. You make the “everyday” something special.

  9. Shawn Powers Says:

    Dangit! Now I’m hungry… :)

  10. Beast Mom Says:

    Very fun! Nice job, Jeri. I’m sure your son and friends will look back on this memory fondly.