Are Husband and I complete morons for scheduling an impromptu New Year's Day party at our house Sunday afternoon? Perhaps, but considering we didn't have our usual swanky Christmas cocktail party, this one will be a cinch. Since we're Southerners the menu is simple and dictated by tradition: black-eyed peas and collards plus a bunch of cornbread to soak up all the pot liquor from the greens. Large pots of everything that people can just serve themselves from. I'll make a couple of pies and maybe a chocolate bread pudding for dessert just because and that'll be it!
Husband is inviting a bunch of his running buddies over after they all finish running a race together. They're all coming with wives and kids in tow. I've invited several of my friends with their respective kids and spouses, partners, etc, and most of them appear to be coming, too. Sister is unfortunately going to be at her dad's, but otherwise it will be an entirely kid-friendly, informal affair with plenty of cold beer for the grown-ups. I find myself really looking forward to it. I expect that a heaping helping of grown-up conversation will help me finally come down in a relaxed way from all the Christmas excitement. The day is supposed to be lovely and sunny so perhaps we'll all mostly stay outside on the deck while the kids swing on the hammock and play in the treehouse. Can't wait!