It is our year to host the party! We have worked all year to have the major rooms in our house renovated before this time-and we did it! My son from K.C. came in last night and said " The place never looked like this while I was growing up here". I told him we had decided his parents would never have anything nice until he and his brother grew up and moved away!
It was a home. That meant dog and cat hair, dented doors, stained carpets, and a place where people were comfortable because they were welcome. One of our sons' friends came in from Phoenix. We had not seen in two years, walked in yesterday, grabbed a pop from the fridge, sat down at the table and proceeded to play catch up on all since we talked last. I asked him what he thought of our remodeled place. He liked it, but it was obvious he had been more interested in us than our surroundings. That's what you want!
Today, I will be cooking all day. Menu tonight; BBQ Ribs, w/homemade bourbon sauce, herb meatballs in a brown/burgundy sauce, shrimp w/2 dipping sauces, potato casserole, full relish tray, and a white choco cheesecake,drizzled w/bittersweet chocolate, then topped w/a raspberry Chambord sauce. Rolls,candy,nuts,beverages,etc. as you would expect. We really like the people coming tonight, and are looking forward to seeing them all again. I sincerely wish you all have that same kind of day!