Monday, November 2, 2009

Block Party

We had so much fun with Halloween this year! It's two weeks of kids bouncing off walls because they can't wait for everything to begin! We always start the festivities with a trip to Boo at the Zoo. We have a progressive Halloween party. Our neighborhood block party fits in there somewhere. And, of course, there's Trick or Treat night. This year, all my kids had to dress up five different times for various festivities.

Last night we had our block party. Now, this is quite an event. One of our neighbors is a chef and we have REAL FOOD. He brings out two enormous grills and creates the most wondrous food. Grilled shrimp, ribs, etc. Oh, the RIBS. I think my eyes start rolling back in my head as soon as I start to smell them! BUT, there is more to come...

Here are a couple of pics of last year's party. I had to include them b/c I didn't post them last year and Charlie's grand save of the the grilled meat was truly a brave feat.





Everyone gave a gasp of relief when dinner was saved! ;) Although, I have to say, there was so much food that I'm not sure it would have been missed.

Now, look in the tin tub of soup. Know what that is? Here's a better picture.



Go ahead. You can drool. That's LOBSTER BISQUE!!! Have you EVER seen that much lobster bisque at a block party? Plus, it's the BEST lobster bisque in town. It really is. I think I DREAM about this lobster bisque for the weeks leading up to the party. I bee line straight for it.

This year, I was distracted by picture taking so I asked my husband to get a cup of it for me.



You might THINK that cup in his hand was for me. OH NO! It was NOT. He was so delighted to be eating LOBSTER BISQUE that he neglected to collect my cup of soup. I actually had to stop snapping pictures and get my own. IMAGINE! ;) I believe he had to live that down for the rest of the evening because quite a few people heard our exchange. I really enjoyed that!!! :) In his defense, it does make you forget everything else while you are eating it.



Obviously, I found time to feast. :) Here are a couple of pics of the entire layout.





And my plate... it's a bit blurry b/c my hand was trembling in anticipation of digging in. YUM!



You don't want to know how quickly my plate turned into this. Can you believe I couldn't finish everything? So much yummy food! I definitely need a second stomach for these occasions.



Others did more justice to their plates and then enjoyed displaying bones like a skeleton hand. :) (We are easily amused at these parties.) ;)



We even had dessert. Now, our house was one of the houses responsible for dessert. I LOVE dessert. :) I wanted to make something easy to eat but still festive, so I made candy corn cookies. Which may or may not have been successful because my neighbor thought they were monster teeth. AHEM! Although, when tested as monster teeth, we decided he did have a point. Oh well. I made way too many and now we have a bunch of them here, tempting me.





I think I need to invite someone over for cookies and tea!

Well, after all that food, I have to go nap now. It may take me days and days to recover...

24 comments:

Carpool Queen said...

What a fantastic block party! I think I'm going to plan something similar for next year - everyone winds up at my house early anyway, so might as well tell them to bring something - preferably lobster bisque.

Daisy said...

Wow! That's quite a spread for a neighborhood block party! I think that the most we ever have around here is hot dogs and hamburgers and potato salad and such. Those candy corn cookies are cute and look yummy! You say you still have some of those cookies left?..... :D

Chris said...

Hi Carpool Queen! :)

Block parties everywhere need lobster bisque! :) We should start a trend. :)


Hi Daisy! ;)

Are you coming over for cookies and tea after work today? Actually, that would be so cool. Hey, it's only a few hour drive to WV. :)

Speedcat Hollydale said...

I want real food .... I want cool nieghbors .... I want a candycorn cookie!

You have a nice life ;-)

dropping in with my phone. Commenting takes forever - sheesh

c u laytah / speedyCat

intrepidideas said...

That is Awesome! Great photos, great people, and great food. The way it should be. Thanks for sharing with us :)

Speedcat Hollydale said...

you R still napping?

Chris said...

Speedy, shhhh!!! ;)

Chris said...

Hi intrepidideas! ;)

We had such a nice time. I look forward to that event for months. The best part is that the man who makes the food for us is a chef/owner of an awesome restaurant just 1/2 mile away! Technically, I could eat lobster bisque every Friday when they serve it. But, somehow it tastes better with friends. :)

Speedcat Hollydale said...

A R E
Y O U
S T I L L
N A P P I N G !??!!!!



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Speedcat Hollydale said...

... that was fun, and very tiring

Chris said...

EEEKS! Now I am SO AWAKE!

And my ears hurt!

I'm thinking... PAYBACK!!! mwa haha

Speedcat Hollydale said...

. . . shhhhhhh

Chris said...

HEY!

Chris said...
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Chris said...

Your evil plan has failed, Speedy! HA!

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's (ha HA!)

Speedcat Hollydale said...

A peace offering for my bad behavior




peace gift

Chris said...

THAT WAS SO MEAN!!!!

Revenge will be swift and sweet... after I sleep. BEWARE!

Speedcat Hollydale said...

OOOPS ~ sorry, that was the wrong link





THIS ONE

Speedcat Hollydale said...

Now I messed up the link!

Anyhoo .... goodnight


(( smile ))

Chris said...

Are you still keeping me awake? HEY!

Fake links, indeed. (grumble grumble)

(I'm a snarly tired person!) ;)

Speedcat Hollydale said...

looks around for any scraps dropped on the ground ........



Has any extra cranberries??

Chris said...

Haha! There were ribs on the ground, but Peachie (my golden retriever) found them the following day! She now checks that spot on the street EVERY time we walk. :)

Speedcat Hollydale said...

This blog is like my farm?

ONE MONTH ??????


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