Hold it right there! I’m saying.
We need to include the men in this picture!
Last night as we were taking our traditional picture of the female cooks at our 4th of July party – truth became known.
Not all the women in the picture had really done the “cooking” that night – how could we forget the men?
So the men who contributed to the meal also jumped into the shoot. Can you tell we had some fun?
Honestly, I love how our friends mix and match their cooking. You never know when guest show up if their contribution is cooked by “him” or “her.”
I must say we do have some exceptional male cooks in our group of friends. None of them are shy with their culinary skills. In fact most of them, when going to their homes for dinner, make you feel like you’re in a restaurant!
I think sometimes we isolate hospitality and entertaining to make it more of an “art” for the women. Or when we think about what the man contributes, one word comes to mind: BBQ.
I loved the mix of our group last night. We had some new families and some old. We set our tables using garage sale tables & chairs, Dollar Store tablecloths and plates, and delegated garden flower arrangements. We played lively music, and even when our teenage son asked if he could play “his” CD (that could be scary!), we said “sure!” We entertained almost 40 people, and realistically - we had room for more!
We watched the kids swim and play badminton; we ate burgers (beef, turkey and salmon – take your pick!) and Polish dogs – and a beautiful array of mouth-watering salads.
Topping it off with homemade ice cream and Texas Sheet cake (a true crowd pleaser that feeds just that – a crowd!) we snuggled outside on the patio for hours and laughed and enjoyed our friendships, while the little kids ran around with sparklers, sparkling our view.
Yes, our 4th of July dinner party had CELEBRATION written all over it.
Thank you ladies for the wonderful food!
Oh, and we can’t forget the men!