Father's Day Party

We played host at an impromptu Father's Day party yesterday for my parents, brother, and sister-in-law.

You might remember seeing my dad and brother mentioned on LambAround before. They're a little bit awkward!

Our kitchen, almost ready to party.
(Final step? A post-photo shoving frenzy of knick knacks anywhere and everywhere out of sight.)

Sexy Nerd gathered some flowers from our backyard, eventually. Every time company is coming over, without fail, he lounges around lazily while I frantically cook/clean/decorate/panic. I get mad at him, he's bewildered with no idea what's wrong, then he finally (FINALLY!) helps get things ready.

It's our own little party tradition.

The half wall dividing our living and dining rooms served as a convenient beverage station.

But something was missing...

Oh, I know!

An obscene amount of strawberry mango juice.

We also had cold-brewed iced coffee, sweetened with condensed milk, which was a big hit. Every last drop was gone before I could even try it!

A lit candle - the official "Party Time!" symbol.

I picked out 6 of the most summery plates from my Noritake Floral Accent Plate collection (which has been added to since that original blog post because, obviously, I didn't have enough.)

Grab a plate and help yourself to:

Zucchini, Cucumber, and Basil Salad with Havarti

Southwestern Baked Macaroni Salad

 Pica must have been able to sense that my sister-in-law, Joanna, isn't crazy about dogs. There were 5 people at the party who would have been fine with Pica sitting at their feet, but she wouldn't budge from Joanna's side. It's a jerk russell thing.

For our main course, Sexy Nerd cooked up a giant, homemade pizza. There was also a bag of Buffalo Wing Pretzel Crisps, provided by my brother and his wife, which were delicious!

For dessert, Sexy Nerd whipped up a batch of yellow cake batter ice cream to go along with some strawberry jam I'd made on Saturday. 

Lest we risk anyone leaving hungry, there were homemade ginger cookies as well.

Happy Father's Day, everyone!
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