We recently had our “2nd Annual Birthday Bash”. It was held at our home, on Madeira Beach, Florida. A good time was had by everyone who came. It will be memories, Cathy (my wife of over 20 years) and I will carry in our hearts forever.
The Birthday Party (a “tradition” started in 2010), became a three-day affair, this year. We started the party as a way to celebrate a few family members’ birthday, all at one time. It was an excuse to gather the family together and have a BBQ by the pool, topped off with a birthday cake. It has become so much more. A “Birthday Party”, is no longer an adequate description. It has become more a celebration of, “FAMILY”.
This year, the party coincided with our vacations, so we were able to expand it a bit more. My family recently relocated to Madeira Beach (we previously lived in Titusville, Florida), so some of our guests traveled to our home and stayed at motels near-by. This allowed us to make the party a longer event. This also allowed everyone to spend more time together and gave us all the “space” to do our own thing. It was more of a short “Vacation Getaway”. It was a stay-cation for our household.
We started our party on Friday night, with a visit from Miranda’s (our daughter) boyfriend’s parents. We sat on the porch and talked, drank and laughed into the night. It was the first time, I had met them and I had a good time. It was a very good start to a fantastic weekend.
We spent the next day prepping for Sunday’s Brunch and afternoon BBQ. If you want to be a participant in your own party and not just a caterer, I’ve found that prep time is very important. I’ve learned to prepare platters, side dishes and even pre-cook some of the BBQ items in advance. When you plan an event, that not only takes all day, but in our case more than one day…you have to expect that your guest will not be present at all parts of your event, or even all show up at a set time for any one part. We anticipated this and had a few extra appetizers/side dishes that we could put out throughout the days as needed. This worked out best in the hours in-between our Brunch and BBQ on Sunday. In some of my earlier BBQs, as I finished grilling…my guest where getting ready to leave. This year was more pleasurable. This was the next best thing to having the weekend catered. We were cook, host and guest/participants. It was such an enjoyable experience. Read the rest of this entry