party hangover

Dan and I both have big families. Both sides include aunts, uncles, tons of cousins, and some of those cousins have kids… the list goes on. If everyone got together at the same time, the numbers would easily climb to 100.

(Now, some of them live out of state- some even across the country- so the only time we’ve ever really had everyone together was at our wedding. And woo boy, what a party THAT was!)

Anyway. Bottom line is: we have lots of relatives. And- believe it or not- we actually LIKE all of them (or… most of them. heh.) So we have found ourselves many times wishing they could all come over and visit at the same time. We just knew that my family would get along well with his, but we just never had the space to do it.

Until now!

We had nearly 50 people to our house on Saturday. It was a bit overwhelming planning food and seating and PRAYING that the weather would be good enough that we could hang outside (Spoiler Alert: IT WAS GORGEOUS!). I spent the week running from store to store buying things I’d forgotten. Paper plates, sausage buns, green peppers, plastic covers for the surround-sound wires hanging from the walls in the living room. The lists I had for this party, oh geez… let’s just say, even my List Making Self was ready to much me in the throat.

We borrowed chairs and tables from my mom and sister. We spent the week cleaning up our house and unpacking the last of the boxes. I finally hung pictures on the walls. Dan’s dad brought his margarita maker. My mom and dad brought over their volleyball and badminton sets. We set up their cornhole game in the backyard. We borrowed my parents’ firepit so we could roast marshmallows and make smores. I put together a playlist on Dan’s iPod and bought a little stereo that had an MP3 player plug so we could rock out. I made entirely too many sausages and we had about 15 extra side dishes. ha

It was a great party. At least I think it was. It seemed like everyone had fun, and there were lots of laughs. The grown-ups were playing with sidewalk chalk in the driveway. My sister did a tequila shot with my father-in-law. I played badminton with my friend’s 9 year old daughter and my uncle against my sister, brother-in-law and some miscellaneous cousins of mine (12 year old boys don’t have much of an attention span, so they rotated, heh.) It was just so much fun to see everyone and hang out in our new backyard with the people we love most.

(The only downside of the party was when I got stung by a yellow jacket on the back of my leg. It hurts and it is swollen. And that bee was a jerk because I was just STANDING THERE chatting with friends and it STUNG ME. Stupid bees.)

Maggie was a little confused when she woke up from her nap and there were all these new faces at her house, but she warmed up pretty quickly and I pretty much didn’t see her for the next 6 hours. She flitted from group to group, quite the social butterfly. She had so much fun that she stayed up until 10pm and was EXHAUSTED by the time we settled her in for bedtime.

We spent today cleaning up the aftermath and watching her run around the house nearly-naked for 20 minutes.

CRAZYPANTS. or no pants at all.

As much fun as the party was, I think she’s happy to get back to our normal life again. Even if it doesn’t include smores roasted on an open fire.


  1. Melissa

    September 20, 2009 10:52 pm

    Wow. That’s a LOT of family. Very awesome that everyone can get together at your place now! I’m sure all the planning and work to make it happen is worth it because it would be so much fun!

    I have six cousins, five of whom live out of state; many of our friends also live out of state now (hmm, could it be because Ohio sucks? heh). And of course George’s family lives in Hungary. Needless to say our family gatherings could be held in a small apartment! lol. I just feel bad for Oliver because I wish he had more of our family/friends in his life.
    .-= Melissa’s last blog post: because it warrants more than 140 characters =-.

  2. red pen mama

    September 21, 2009 8:19 am

    That sounds like a great time! I come from a large family, too, and I love big get togethers. We’ve got a lot of work to do before we can host one at our place though.

    And aren’t Sundays mostly about running around mostly naked?

    .-= red pen mama’s last blog post: Almost My Worst Nightmare =-.

  3. Burgh Baby

    September 21, 2009 4:13 pm

    If ever we had to plan a party together, you would end up choking me and my no-list-making and no-planning self. I’m all for winging it, baby!

    And big houses? FREAKIN ROCK!
    .-= Burgh Baby’s last blog post: She Did Apologize. Eventually. =-.

  4. bluzdude

    September 21, 2009 7:16 pm

    I love big family parties. We used to have a big family reunion picnic at Moon Park every year but that’s kind of fallen away.
    .-= bluzdude’s last blog post: Steelers Recap – Week 2 =-.

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