The day arrived for our hosting party! We did a lot of preparing, cleaning, pre planning, planning, deciding lay outs and talking through timelines, to make it run smooth, and we are delighted because in the end it went great!
First things first, covid. I feel very lucky to live somewhere that the climate lends itself to being outside a lot, if not all of the time. Also, it was really, really breezy (windy) yesterday which meant that even when we were indoors there was a huge amount of air blowing through the house. We had all the doors open, and this movement of fresh clean air helped make things feel safe also.
Preparing: We cleaned all morning on Sunday. Also included in that time was a run to the grocery store to get key lime pie (dessert), mayonnaise (for the key lime mustard) and cupcakes for a colleague leaving The Saint. Patrick kindly drove me down to the hotel so I could run in quickly with those and that was during the morning time also. Patrick figures it was 4 hours cleaning between the two of us. I think it was more like five. How can a small house need so much cleaning? But I must say it feels nice now, the morning after, having everything spick and span.
And of course it was worth it, for all of THIS:
|Fruits of our Labour! 5.5lbs or 32 crab claws (4 each)
|Even with it being breezy, it was just perfect outdoors
|Good people! Love this gang!
|The cooler behind us doubles up as place for ice and a bench seat. I like this photo of us!