Mark and I decided to host a gathering with all of the field grade officers and their spouses (about 50 people) in the brigade this past weekend. There are many new majors to the brigade (6 battalions and several SFAT teams) and we thought it would be a great opportunity for them to mingle in a casual environment before the impending deployment next month.
I wanted the evening to be low-key and comfortable for our guests.
I mulled over the menu (and consulted my friend Kris (who is an amazing chef) for quite a while before I settled on...
- Baked Carnitas (these were a huge hit)
- Taco Salad
these were served with Cilantro Dip & Taco Salad Dressing.
- Taco Dip
- Buffalo Dip
- Fruit Pastry
- Cream Cheese and Chocolate Chip Cake
- Pretzel bites (Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie dough)
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
I was worried about so many things...
-having enough food (there was plenty (too much taco salad).
-serving it hot (thank goodness Amy & Meghan were willing to pre-heat their ovens!)
-traffic flow (no troubles)
-being able to mingle (thanks to our sitter I was definitely able to enjoy myself).
Here are a few photos of the evening:
|the backyard transformed|
|the fire pit|
|the living area|
|the main food area|
Meghan also made the most amazing dessert ever...no kidding the guests were raving about the pretzel bites AND she stomped through the fields with me cutting greens (weeds) for the centerpieces.
Amy also made several trips back and forth to her home for dishes, extra pyrex, crock pots, and babysat all four of my children (and our dog) for the entire evening!
Thank you girls...shall we plan a holiday extravaganza?
It was a fun night.