Gatherings Recipes

Labor Day Eats

Jay and I have a habit of not traveling on certain holidays. On Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, DC empties out, but we stay put. With parents in 4 different cities and friends all over, we get around enough as is. We truly relish our times at home.

We enjoy having holiday cookouts for those who also stayed in town. Three days before, I fire out an email that says you around? Come over! It usually results in 10-15 of our nearest and dearest showing up with food and booze in hand.

We just moved to a new house in Brightwood Park and are thoroughly obsessed with it. We thought Labor Day weekend would be a perfect time for a soft opening, as Jay dubbed it.

I purposely didn’t go too crazy in the kitchen. I went with things I could make ahead of time and not worry about while people were there. Highlights were:

While everything was delicious, the Thyme Lemonade with vodka was DANGEROUSLY delightful. We played beer pong, caught up, ate too much and ended the day with a dance party in what Sally called our ballroom (aka the unfurnished dining room).

It was a wonderful day. One commonality Jay and I share is how important our friends are to us.  It was a great reminder of how fortunate we are to have such amazing people in our lives.

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    Mary Kay McCloskey
    September 8, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Candace,
    Your blog looks like such fun, and I look forward to future entries. (And I certainly enjoyed the opportunity to catch a glimpse of my sweet Emily in your lovely new back yard!)

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