My mom always made planning a cookout look easy. I now know that it was years of experience that made the entire process appear effortless. She didn’t make a couple of phone-calls and then wait until everyone magically arrived on time, on a perfectly sunny day, with perfectly prepared salads and desserts. It takes practice…planning… and maybe even a couple of flops along the way.
And this Saturday, ladies and gents, is my first attempt at learning how it’s all done.
Already I have proven that the planning process can be a bit hectic. In fact, I have called, sent Facebook messages, and texted my friends so many times I imagine that they’ll be sick of me by the time they actually see my face on Saturday. Hard to believe, I know. But I think it’s getting there. 😉
There was – of course – the initial contact in which I sent the invitation to some friends that Nate and I haven’t seen in awhile. It was very casual. Just a little announcement that Nate and I wanted to catch up with the ‘gang’ and thought it’d be fun to do it over a BBQ. I also mentioned that it would be great if everyone could bring a dessert or a salad.
Now my church always makes such an announcement when it has a function. Just bring a dessert or a salad to share. But when you’re talking hundreds of people, you’re bound to get a good variety. When you’re talking about 15 people, you could end up with all salads. Or worse, all of the same salads.
I suddenly had this image of everyone showing up with a potato salad. And this would be okay if I were hosting a Potato Famine BBQ, but I’m not. So it would really just be embarrassing… and maybe a bit frustrating to the couple of guys who don’t like mayonnaise.
So I made the second round of calls, Facebook messages, and texts, asking everyone if they had a general idea as to what they would bring. And it turns out that my friends all like making dessert. So I had to contact everyone a third time to see who might be interested in making a salad and suddenly I wondered if there would be enough desserts. Ahh, the confusion.
At this point, I do now know that there will be two pasta salads, potato salad, hummus for veggies, and three desserts. So I think we’ll be okay.
I decided to stop worrying about the food, because thinking about food this much has made me hungry. So I found something else to worry about. Like the seating.
I realized that Nate and I own exactly six chairs. And although most of my friends wouldn’t mind if they had to sit on the ground, I really couldn’t expect them to do that. So yeah, another message went out. Except Nate sent this one. I thought it might be nice for them to hear from him for a change.
Anyway, now that we’re only one day away from the BBQ, I’ve decided to just sit back and relax a bit. We’re all friends, so we’ll make the best of it and have fun. After all, it’s been awhile since we all got together, so this will be a really good time. 🙂 The food will be delicious, the sun is supposed to shine, and we’ve got some games to play.
I just remembered. Some of my friends have kids now. What do I have for kid’s toys and games?