Yesterday I decided to invite a group of friends over for an Easter dinner. A lot of these folks live far away from their own families and would be missing out on their own feasts. I remember my first Christmas Eve without my family. My boyfriend was out of town too. I sat in my living room and bawled my eyes out and mowed down on a Double Big Mac Meal. Supersized? You bet. Not one of my finer moments.
This happens often in our industry since a lot of us move around a lot for work. I work with a guy who typically puts on the holiday spreads, but since he was on vacation, I opted to do it instead. The difference? I didn’t extend the invite to everyone.
I’m seriously waiting for the backlash on this one. Let’s be honest. Just because I invited a couple colleagues, doesn’t mean I’m required to invite the entire office into my home. I can screen my invites as I please. And frankly, I only wanted to spend the day in the company of those I enjoy.
That being said, those awesome folks opted to chip in with cash towards the grub, or they brought food. Or booze. Man we had a lot of wine.
- Extraordinary Cheese dip w/chips & crackers
- Deviled Eggs
- Orange Juice infused Ham
- Crispy Sweet Potatoes
- Turkey (of course!)
- Ceaser Salad
- Mixed vegetables
- Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
- Stuffing (NOT Stovetop!)
Not to mention Mini Eggs for dessert, a fruit tray and a couple of cakes I baked. GOOD TIMES.
Now, as I mentioned, there was a LOT of wine for us to drink. It was ridiculous how much wine we drank. Of course, since I didn’t really have to drive anywhere – I think I drank the most. And man, am I ever paying for it today. So to you I say: Happy Easter, enjoy your time with your family, friends, whomever….just be warned – that second helping around the table/bar is not worth it the next day.