I think the event was really well received by Mark's peers. I think the success of a gathering can be judged by how well the conversation flows, if the guests actually eat, and how long the guests stay.
1. The conversations seemed to flow easily from topic-to-topic.
2. The guests ate. Lots of food. The desserts were decimated. Poor Will only had one slice of peanut butter pie.
3. We thought our event would finish up around 9:30 or so. Our guests stayed until well past 11. Our kids' that that rocked! Of course that meant they were allowed to stay up super late as well.
If I had known the guests better I may have taken some photos with actual people in them. Instead, I snapped a few photos before our guests arrived.
Aren't the hydrangeas lovely? I wish my yard was full of them!
The food. It turns out that black-bean cakes really don't look so pretty on a table. They sort-of look like overcooked hamburger patties! They do taste delicious though...
This dip was nearly gone...it's a long time family favorite.
A tex-mex menu isn't complete without Queso. (There's a little glimpse into my tiny kitchen and some more Hydrangeas.)
Mexican beer. Cocktails.
I'll believe we'll host this group again after the holidays. I'm already planning the menu...
I think MidWest fare is in order.