We realize that this will most likely be our last summer in this house so we have volunteered to host several get togethers here. In trying to squeeze in as much summer fun as possible, we ended up scheduling three parties at our house this past weekend. It is not uncommon for us to host a few parties over the course of a year, but THREE in one weekend! What were we thinking? Honestly, it wasn’t that bad. All we had to do was open our home. Others worried about the specific details of each party. Most of the work was cleaning the house and yard before the weekend started and we only had to do that once, instead of three separate times.
Our weekend started with a Pampered Chef bridal shower for my nephew Kyle’s fiancé, Melissa. The PC consultant, did the majority of the work and my SIL, Michelle, was co-hostess and helped with the small amount left to do. They even cleaned up when the shower was over.
As the last person was leaving the shower, my son’s basketball coach and wife came and set up for an end of the summer season party. They too, had all the details worked out and the food prepared. It involved about twenty-five high school basketball players and their parents. The parents all helped clean up before they left.
Sunday late afternoon, we hosted a season kick-off for our church’s youth group. The youth group leaders took care of the food and details. This party was a little more unusual. We didn’t do an official head count, but we guestimated that there were about 100 kids in our back yard. We have never had that many at a party before. The leaders did a great job keep the kids in line and out of the house and they even hauled away the trash. Several commented that it was the best youth group party they have ever been to. Comments like this makes it all worth it.
Just in case you’re interested, this is what our backyard looks like as we prepare for a house showing.