As predicted in my 4th of July Party post, our neighborhood group gathered together again for a potluck dinner in honor of the Labor Day holiday. We did not have family relay races or a bike parade this time, but our activities coordinator and fab friend, Jackie, did set up a tie dye table for the children. I have not tie dyed a t-shirt since I went to summer camp as a kid. I had forgotten how much fun the reveal is when you finally release the shirt from its rubberband prison.
The Activity: Ms. Jackie set up a low table and hung a clothesline. She provided t-shirts, Rit dye, a big tub of rubberbands, and brief instructions. After the kids tied up the t-shirt, Jackie and one assistant handled the dying, so the mess stayed contained. The shirts looked great!
The Snacks: I provided a Sun Dried Tomato Dip (thank you Ina Garten) that is great in warm weather. My favorite veggie for this dip is sugar snap peas, but all the standard raw vegetables work well. I also like pita chips and Snyder’s Dipping Sticks pretzels.
The Dinner: Rather than hamburgers and hot dogs, the group put together a fish taco bar. One neighbor fried up hush puppies and shrimp on site. We had yellow rice, black beans, and a vinegar-y slaw to go with the tacos. Since we live in South Carolina, it is easy to get good fresh fish. If you can too, try a fish taco bar some time.
Anybody else have a food idea for a neighborhood get together that is different from the typical grilled hamburgers and hot dogs?
Keep the great posts coming! Thanks for the shout-out on the “thank you note” strategy! How is school??
Busy! Miss Priss threw up this morning, so I had to call a sub and am home today with my sick child. I am testing “puffins” (pancake muffins) for a possible post. All of the thank you notes from the Star Wars birthday are in the mail. So glad you keep reading.
Great post! And thank you for stopping by my blog : ) I always like to make mini pizzas on the grill with lots of different choices on toppings! Or a make-your-own gourmet grilled cheese party is another fun idea, again, just be sure to leave out lots of toppings and let people make their own! http://brianworley.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/tis-the-season-for-a-gourmet-grilled-cheese-party/