Great idea two years ago! Quite a good idea last year. Still a moderately good idea as we hit this New Year, but hit my traditional pre-party 'whose stupid idea was this and why on earth did I agree to it?' panic in March!
- guest list
- food to make
- food to buy
- food for others to make (quite a small list that one, but I owe a HUGE debt of gratitude to the other cooks!)
- jobs to do in the house
- jobs to do in the garden -general
- jobs to do in the Japanese garden
- jobs in the vegetable garden
- things to buy
- things to borrow or scrounge
The combined guest list came to around 130 people aged from 8 to 80 - hence the reason it became known as 'The Big Bash'! Okay, I thought - I can cater for that many for one night ..... then various friends and family (9 of them) said that they'd be coming on Friday to help and First-Born announced that all her university friends would be coming for the whole weekend (another 10!)
but the forecast for the weekend was dire - cold wet and windy. NOT what you want for an outdoor party in July!
frames (I thought they were building gallows when I looked out of the window!), which they then covered in a range of awnings and tarpaulins fastened down with rope and tent pegs, but held together with clothes pegs! It worked.
Friday also saw us erecting 'tent city' ...or 'Chesterbury' as it became known! There were 12 tents up there in the end - the joy of a big garden!
Friday night's tea for 25 in the tent - moussakka, followed by gooseberry crumble and ice cream!
Saturday night finally arrived - and so did the guests.
Ower Dave gave a bit of a speech
Last-Born sang us a beautiful song before handing back to the singers again.