"Now I have performed the part of a good host..." ~ Jane Eyre
The Prince and I are hosting our first gathering...and I am slightly giddy about it. It certainly is apropos that it is the kickoff to summer, for each day with him is like the brightest day on the beach. I realize this is the first of many gatherings will be host and hostess for together, and it is a great feeling: being with the man I love and the people we love. This is as good as it gets...
Since my place is small, its a small gathering, and as much as I wish we could have a big party, it just is not possible right now. Still, my new patio is big enough to host a party of seven, and that is what we are doing on Monday.
I admit that I fuss over barbecues. I like doing tablecloths, small centerpieces, and matching colors (this will be a nice blue). My kitchen table cant be seen at the moment; it is filled to capacity. Paper plates, a basket for plastic utensils, plastic blue tablecloths, bags of popcorn, chips, and pretzels, a big bottle of wine for sangria, orange soda for the sangria, retro ketchup and mustard bottles, napkins, aluminum pans, bottles of Arizona Sweet Tea, serving bowls, jars of mayonnaise, two boxes of shell pasta for the salad, a small bottle of Bourbon for the baked beans, hamburger rolls, toothpicks, table cloth holders. The beer is all in a big box by the fridge: Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Shock Top, Coney Island Albino Python, Troeg's Sunshine Pils, and of course Pete's Wicked Strawberry Blonde.
The premise of the barbecue is a Burger Battle. Three couples, us included, will submit a burger to our dear friend Moo, who has been in Uganda doing dissertation work on Mangabeys for the past year and a half and is definitely the best palate to use for choosing the best burger! So for now, the main course of the menu is top secret! I am also making a pasta salad with red pepper, green pepper, tarragon, and scallions, a lime and cumin cole slaw, and baked beans with bourbon and bacon. For dessert I am baking Strawberry Cheesecake bars. There will be watermelon and clementines too. Hopefully lots of cocktails and even some pineapple upside down cake shots! http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink7884.html
As fun and wonderful as I know the gathering will be, half the fun is already happening in the planning with him. Paper and pen in hands, throwing ideas around about the perfect burger, talking types of charcoal and wood chips...its all the start to many barbecues to come. And I know that we are going to be amazing hosts, because, well, we are just amazing at all that we do together.
At the end of the barbecue when everyone has left and we are done cleaning up and exhausted, I cannot wait to just kiss him and hug him...and high five him because I know we are winning the contest!