It suddenly occurred to me that I am really pregnant. I think a second shower would be excessive, especially as many are feeling the economic pinch. Also, I can’t see how I could pay for the kind of big party I would like to throw for my soon-to-be born son.
So, I took a cue from my neighbor Cara, and I am throwing a potluck. I’m calling it an “He’s almost here!” party. We are doing cocktails, which will also be fun for my husband, as he is soon opening an artisan-style cocktail bar (pre-prohibition; no crappy sweet and sour mix). I asked people to bring a dish or a bottle of wine. So far, the response has been great.
Mark felt a little funny about it, having a potluck when he is a chef, but I talked him into it. 1) Cara just did a potluck that was fun and didn’t feel like a crappy church social and 2) I explained that given our budget, the only alternative would be 6 people and a pizza. And which 6 would you choose?
Cara gave me some good pot luck tips:
1) Have extra serving tools. She says she didn’t have enough last time.
2) If you know what people are bringing beforehand, make up cards or labels. Having a sign that says, “Mary’s Veggie Lasagna” will look a bit more polished.
3) When people come in, slap a sticky on their pan. Cara said that after her last party, she spent 4 days calling people saying, “Did you leave a rectangular Pyrex pan?” I mean who hasn’t?
4) If you are planning ahead (which I am not; my guest got a crude Evite and less than two weeks notice), you can stick a note on each invite like “Bring Appetizer” or for your good-cook friends, “Bring Main”.
Now, what to wear…