Last week, Thomas and I discussed our afternoon plans on our drive home from church. He remembered we’d purchased a large rack of ribs and was eager to grill in the blissful summer sun. Given the amount of food we had in our fridge, it was clear we needed more mouths to feed! I sent a message to four families, and three hours later – neighborhood party!

We asked each neighbor to bring an easy side, and before our eyes a feast appeared. Our menu included:

  1. Smoked barbecue ribs
  2. Barbecue chicken
  3. Sliced fresh watermelon
  4. Potato salad
  5. Macaroni and cheese casserole
  6. Coleslaw
  7. Arugula salad with berries and goat cheese
  8. Toasted baguettes
  9. Chocolate chip cookies + peanut butter cookies

In a short amount of time, we managed to gather 15 folks and lots of kiddos to enjoy an afternoon of great food and conversation. Thomas and I try to keep some delicious meats frozen for spontaneous get togethers, and a stock of potatoes and salad fixings for easy sides. Of course, when in doubt – just grab a watermelon and watch the party start!

How do you prepare for an afternoon with friends? Share your tips with me in the comment section below!

Happy gathering,

Parker


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