I survived my first Friendsgiving. An event that took all of two and a half months to plan came and went with my waistline.
Between my husband and me, we invited 21 people and 16 showed up – more than enough people for our Metro apartment. There was plenty of food and good cheer to go around. We had a well-rounded menu consisting of cornbread, lasagna, roasted brussell sprouts, potato salad, and more.
Aside from the great energy and food, I learned something that night. I learned that I’m doing entirely too much. By the end of the night, I had a sharp pain in my back and could barely walk straight. Yes, I was on my feet for practically the entire day, but the level of pain was shocking. Whenever I’m hosting I tend to overextend myself to ensure I cover as many bases as possible. Knowing that things won’t be perfect, I at least want to get as close as possible.
Whether I need to begin soliciting help or giving my husband a longer to-do list, something has to give. I’d hate to have to cancel these gathers. Since getting married, one of my new joys in life is to host fun-filled gathering for family and friends. Next time I’ll plan my schedule accordingly so I am not deteriorating by the end of the night. So, on a scale from one to ten, I think Friendsgiving was an eight.
One highlight I’d like to mention was the signature drink of the evening, which was a big hit – Ruby Spritzer.
45 ml Patrón Silver
30 ml Pomegranate juice
15 ml Fresh lemon juice
60 ml Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider
1 dash Angostura bitters
+ Lemon twist for garnish