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?
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I try to host a monthly dinner called “SOUPER SUNDAY”. I invite neighbors to eat a massive pot of soup. the recipe changes each month. some are good…some we’ve all agreed should not be made again…fortunately I had a case of canned soup in our pantry that we heated up instead. 🙂 neighbors bring salad, fruit and dessert. the kids all congregate in the basement or in front of a game on TV and the grown-ups all squish around our big dining room table. the little little kids aren’t fans of soup so I make homemade biscuits or breadsticks stuffed with ham and cheese so that they can at least have something “tolerable” to eat.
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