From early in the morning up until the very last minute, we were cooking, cleaning, and setting up. Our first guests came early, but that's never a problem.
As they were arriving, I was adding water to the coffee urn. We'd borrowed it from a friend who had written on the outside how many cups of water and how much coffee. Unfortunately, I am a graduate of my own Short Attention Span Theater program. Every time I put in two cups of water, someone needed something, so I lost count but I was reasonably sure what the ballpark amount was. Finally Mom came over and decided it was enough water. She dumped in the coffee (ignoring the friend's careful instructions). As she did this, the friend came up and fired me!
A number of friends could not come due to family sickness and emergencies. We missed them, but we had a good turnout. The guests came in shifts - the seniors came first and then my friends came later. But even with the last minute cancellations, we had a bigger turnout than last year.
The music was much better this year. He'd practiced I think. There was more traditional German music in the beginning and toward the end, we heard just about everything from calypso to Patsy Cline.
We were not quiet, but no worries. We invited the neighbors - this year, we had two sets, which is an improvement. Updated to add that Mom said that we introduced them to each other!
One of my friends was impressed that Mom and Dad had made so many friends here since they came in August 2005. She was also surprised at how lively and funny so many seniors are. I told her that consider my folks and you'd have to know that they would appeal to the fun crowd.
Mom and Dad were impressed that I have such nice friends, some of them going back 20 years; many more recent. No, they meant that as a compliment-- really!
A good time was had by all. I was right about the potato salad: we ran out. I was wrong about the beer as my friends brought more.
The party was amazing and it was over all too soon - a mere four hours. But today is a work day/school day for everyone else and so we understood when they left. Mom handled the last minute food preparations while visiting with friends, Dad was a fantastic beverage host and I tried to keep up with whatever anyone needed while also visiting with friends.
I was pretty worn out at the end - I think that we all were.
We already talked about the annual re-gifting party, which happens in January. We agreed to have it during the off week so as not to interfere with the playoffs or the SuperBowl.
Edited because the emoticons were too too much, even for me.