#101 – FIESTA INVITE

cinco de mayo 2013 just us

Before I left on vacation, I had to tend to serious business – A party invite!

For many years we had a Christmas party.  It made sense, there was a town Christmas tree lighting right in front of our house.  People could go to the village festivities and then pop in for a warm libation.

When we moved, the Christmas party just didn’t seem fitting.  We love to host parties and entertain, so what could we do?

We finally decided against any major holidays and started honing in on the minors.  I know people who have spring equinox and summer solstice parties…there’s boxing day…and Halloween my favorite. Another friend has a pink party when the peonies blossom.  But if you remember back to Post #63 It’s Taco Nite then you would know that Cinco de Mayo is a perfect excuse for a party at our house!  Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salsa, cerveza, margaritas, poblanos, queso blanco…oh I could go on and on….It’s definitely a food favorite! FOOD + DRINK = PARTY right?

So we tried it out last year.  Cinco de mayo was on a Saturday.  We had good weather and great attendance.  But there was one mishap.  I had taken an adult count for food, but I didn’t really factor in a kid count.  With my two kids, their preschools and elementary schools, the number of kids easily totaled 50 if not more.  If you think about it, there are generally two adults per couple, but kids? Gosh they can range from 1-5 per family!

So, with a Cinco de Mayo party – you’ve got to have a piñata right?  It’s cute. Kids love piñatas…. Well, I only bought one piñata.  Do you see where this is going?  Yep.  50 kids + one piñata = total chaos!!!  There was a line of 25 girls and 25 boys ranging from 2 yrs old to 15 yrs old.  How many kids do you think got to swing the stick?  Yeah, not too many… the piñata split open and out came LORD OF THE FLIES!!!

I will be working on an improvement for this year.  I have some ideas.

Anyway, parties aren’t always so easy.  They can be a wild success or a total flop.  You could have perfect weather or a hurricane.  The older I get, the more I realize don’t sweat the small stuff.  It’s not going to be perfect, but what would be worse, is if you didn’t have it at all!  So, send out an invite.  The day will finally arrive, you will have no control, you’ll do your best, but for the most part, people will be thankful that they gathered, that they had fun and got to celebrate something out of the ordinary.

Oh yeah, Sign me up!!!

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