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:
- Mojo Grilled Chicken Thighs
- Brown Butter Blondies (which one guest said “Please put in your blog that I would eat these off the floor.”)
- Thyme Lemonade Cocktails
- Recipe Girl’s Bacon, Avocado and Corn Salad
- Burgers, Dogs, Brats, the usual.
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.