How can I thank the amazing group of friends/house guests and hard workers who helped me behind the scenes? I will sing their praises in a blog post!
It goes without saying that my wonderful husband helped for weeks before the party! He was "pasta man", "yard guy", schlepper of bags, wine buyer, and ice guy. He also loves the Slow Travel group, and enjoyed hosting and MCing the Slowchicks.
Jerry was my right hand in the kitchen! I can't wait until our next opportunity to cook together. Since we were on my turf, he whipped through my lists, was self-directed, took orders well, cleaned up after himself (and others), never complained, and helped me manage refridgerator space in the house and garage! He was the first one up with me with coffee in the dark early morning hours, and the last one to bed at night. Here he is grilling veggies around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday!
Gail and John were also fabulous houseguests. The did WHATEVER needed doing, from setting up tables and chairs, carrying chargers, dishes, plates and glasses wherever I pointed, filling salt and pepper, opening packages of dessert plates, cocktail napkins and nametags, and helping Brad with heavy loads of 160 lbs of ice!
Gail walked around with a bottle of windex, spitshining everything in sight, and did a final room check of all bathrooms and bedrooms! They were both fun and amazingly helpful. They work and play well with others!
"The girls" (Sandi, Kathy and Terry) brought us lunch on Friday, and also took orders well. I was in the role of drill sargent! They picked basil, cut rosemary sprigs for garnishing, cut tomatoes, stuffed four trays of mushrooms, and made mozarella/tomato/basil skewers.
Saturday, the kitchen crowd was joined by David making Caesar salad, and Marcia joining in wherever she was needed, from salami platter to dishwashing!
My neighbor, Diana was a lifesaver with fridge space and moral support!
Thanks to my PARTY DREAM TEAM!