Groceries are purchased and put away. Menu is planned and cooking will start shortly. House is neeeeeeeeearly clean and tidy. Table is set and almost dinished being decorated. Guests arrive in 4 hours for nibblies at 6:30 and dinner at 7. Cannot wait!
|Seating chart doodles.|
|Starting on my table. Dining for 6 outdoors? Not using my irreplacable wedding china this time!|
|Simple place setting for 6.|
|Sorting out my cooking times... the only picture I got of our feast before it was eaten!|
At 4pm it was clear and sunny and a bit windy. I decided to check the forecast.
This was at 4:17.
|Grand plans, only half an hour delayed!|
|I made these simple yet fancy schmancy place cards for our table. Click here for how I did them.|
|I also made this sign which I washi taped to our window. Couldn't see it so I moved it inside.|
A frenzied vacuuming and tidying up left me with minutes to go before guests arrived. Glenn showered first and greeted guests while I showered and changed. I kid you not, I had dry shorts on in the morning. When I finished my errands and house cleaning and cooking, my shorts were dripping wet. It was that hot and humid here yesterday.
I got dressed (in a dress!) and came down to find all our guests had arrived. We sat down in the fan for some nibblies brought by Claire and chatted while I finished off the cornbread, turkey, stuffing, gravy, and potatoes.
|Mum and Dad|
|Our Wisconsin "frozen chosen" expat friend Corinne|
|Our good mate Claire|
Last year, we taught Corinne how to play Ticket To Ride. This year we all played as three teams of two. It was about to get cutthroat!
|Lovely bevvies for the evening.|
|Just about to break out the game.|
|Mum and Dad - Team Red.|
|Glenn and I - Team Black|
|Claire and Corinne - Team Green|
|We played with the 1910 expansion.|
|Hmm, will everyone complete their tickets!?|
|We completed 7/8 tickets....|
|and we won with 126 points!|