back patio dinner party

So, all the plans have been leading to this one event.  We’re done the repainting and recovering of chairs and cushions, and created some shade for the back patio. Saturday we hosted 20 of Jon’s new students and post docs with their families at our place.   As I was preparing the food for dinner, the sky gave an ominous rumble, but no rain. No clouds overhead either, just around the mountains to the north and east. We had one family cancel about an hour before dinner, so that brought our numbers down slightly.

For appetizers, we had fresh figs with goat cheese and honey on crusty bread, various cheese and crackers, and a veggie tray with ranch dip and hummus.  For dinner, we had sausages (chicken and pork), roasted veggies (which included eggplant, red bell peppers, mushrooms, and leeks), roasted potatoes, and pesto bow tie pasta.  Dessert was cheesecake with berries on the side (strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries), and a pureed berry sauce (of the same berries mentioned before).

The tables were set, drinks were ready, the music was playing, and patio lights were on. The beer was cold and there was lots of wine and pink lemonade and tea for those that wanted it.  People were mingling and chatting. Kids were having fun looking at the chickens and running in and out of the playroom. And drinking pink lemonade. The kids LOVED the pink lemonade.

We were sitting down at the tables, enjoying dinner.  I hadn’t lit the candles yet, because it wasn’t quite dark.  A few drops began to fall from the sky.  Everyone looked at each other and we decided it wasn’t a big deal.  More drops.  Harder.  We wondered if we could hold out – perhaps it wouldn’t last too long.  Sometimes, monsoon rains are like that – they began and quite very quickly. More and more drops fell from the sky – and harder.  Kids began crying – they wanted out of their chairs and inside!   We rushed the kids inside, and ran back out in the torrential downpour that began coming down. We had to bring the food and drinks inside!

Luckily, people were able to settle into the living room to continued to eat.  The kids just loved being inside playing in the playroom.  I’ve never actually seen every single toys and book on the floor before – and it’s still that way this morning.  Dessert was served and everyone helped themselves.  Those with kids left around 8 pm (one hour past bedtime) and those without kids were tossed out at 9:30 pm when I just couldn’t stay up any longer (and this was after Jon had been doing the dishes in the kitchen for over half hour at this point – a clear sign to anyone that it’s time to get going. Or maybe it’s just a clear sign to those with kids…I don’t know.  Maybe it wad rude, but I was too exhausted to care very much).  Anyways, a good time was had by all, even with the rains that interrupted our dinner alfresco on the patio.  We need the rain and most people understand that. Some new friends were made as well…

I didn’t get a chance to take more detail photos of the back patio all gussied up due to the rain…it will have to wait until our next party!    Many thanks to our friend who came through with a few extra chairs for us to borrow!!! We really appreciated it!


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