Our first annual neighborhood progressive dinner was a success! If you've never heard of a progressive dinner, the idea is simple. Generally, guests visit a new house for each course of a meal (appetizer, salad, main entree, dessert), but we decided to stick to small appetizers (plus a drink) at each house instead. Though it was not a requirement, each set of hosts centered their ideas around a theme--Mexican, followed by Mardi Gras, followed by Italian, and ending with some gourmet desserts! Also included at each house was an "activity".
As I mentioned on Friday, Vanessa and I teamed up to plan a fun Mexican-themed fiesta for stop numero uno. Our specialty drink was a Cononarita and I'm proud to say we were voted favorite drink of the night! If you want to recreate the recipe yourself, I recommend buying some of these clips, as they worked way better than just adding the upside down bottle of beer to the glass. I wish I would have purchased more than the eight that I did!
For our "activity", we set up a DIY photo booth. I used an old digital camera on a tripod and set the self-timer. I also used my Eyefi wireless memory card so that I could immediately transfer and text the photos. The photo booth was a major success and it proved to be a great start to the night.
I wish I would have taken more photos throughout the night, but having a husband on crutches was enough to worry about. Oh right, the crutches. Craig injured his knee while playing basketball on Thursday night. The doctor thinks it's his MCL and we are awaiting MRI results, so any prayers that surgery is not necessary would be greatly appreciated!
Of course, the selfie stick made its appearance later in the evening. And did the neighborhood stump. Anyone else ever play the game of stump? It's a neighborhood favorite!
All in all, another great night with these great neighbors! I can't wait for our second annual progressive dinner, and more importantly, our next neighborhood event that's already in the works! (Think a kickoff to summer, drive-in movie for the kids!)