Well, it seemed like so far away, and before we knew it, it was upon us. Hardly seemed like a week that school had started back. Guest list was the Usual Suspects, minus a few who had prior engagements or parties of their own. Steve and I, Denise and Pete, Helen, Gagz, David, Mum, and the seven kids of course!
I decided not to make too much work for myself (but I still ended up harrassed!) and decided to make one-pot meals. So the menu was as follows. Homemade Chilli con Carne, Homemade Chicken Chasseur, Mum made her wonderful Tomato, Bacon and Pepper Soup, and I also had Cumberland Sausages, crusty mini rolls, fried onions and homemade Tomato and Red Chilli Relish. Helen made a huge bowl of rice, and homemade Garlic Bread, and we also had potato wedges. For afters, I had made a Sticky Toffee pud with Toffee Sauce, and a Tiramisu, and Helen had made her famous Carrot Cake. The kids picked on all this, plus they had a mini-buffet of their own, sausage rolls, hot dogs, biscuits and Pringles. I think a good time was had by all. Below are (some of) the photos from the occasion!
|Steve and Ryan, father and son Vampires!|
Myself, Mum and Lynette
|Pete. You won't like him when he's angry.|
|My friend Denise, while still sober and coherent|
|My two baby boys|
|Steve with a very well deserved pint|
|The Worst Witch?|
|Or is Helen, the Worst Witch?|
|Steve's cake... Dr Oetker had to go into overdrive for the food colouring in this one!|
|David and I. Apparently swimming (floundering?) in the same gene pool....|
|Dan and friends...|
Brilliant evening with brilliant company. This could be start of another Grundy tradition, methinks...