We threw a somewhat large party on Saturday, with about 30 people showing up. I used to have big parties every summer, something that started as soon as I had a house. Parties can be kind of stressful to pull off, so to reduce that stress, I took as much work out of it as I could by buying food.
We ordered a bunch of food from the Winking Lizard, about 100 boneless wings, an array of cheeseburger and pork sliders, and pizza. It ended up being about $3.50 a person, and we ended the night with less than a medium-sized pizza left. I did over-buy on alcohol for the mai tai, but fortunately that has a shelf life of forever.
Particularly after being out west, and without a house, I really hoped to get a good mix of people, and as many that I haven't seen in awhile as possible. A couple of my BFF's from college, one of them my roommate from senior year, were there, and it was nice to catch up in person. I saw veterans of my 30th birthday party. And there were a whole lot of kids.
I really like entertaining. I'm not as fond of home ownership as I used to be, but having a house sure does make it easier to have friends over. I'm not sure why we don't have smaller parties more often. Maybe that's something I need to think more about.
The party was something I really needed, to blow off some steam. Seeing people I haven't seen in a long time really helps too. I've been hanging on to everything a little too tightly, taking life a little too seriously.