Friday, February 22, 2008

Easter Dinner Dilemma

I need some help. The Wingards do Easter Dinner in a big way. When we lived on Cape, we had Greek Easter feasts. Our friend George is Greek Orthodox and gave me his momma's recipes. Unfortunately, they were all greek to me! and George had to translate. We hosted about 30 friends - the group changed from year to year depending on who was traveling our way - which was quite a challenge in our small house. Easter on Cape Cod meant snow on the ground; no crocus, no daffodils, just cold, cold wet. So we all were quite cozy inside, eating lamb and moussaka, dancing to George's bouzouki music and working ourselves into an Achaean food coma.

Imagine our delight when we moved to Huntsville and bought a house with a huge yard! And when easter comes, the weather is mild! And we can have as many friends as we want because of the back yard!

So the first year, we had 60 people for dinner. With large groups, it's always BYOLC - bring your own lawn chair. We have an easter egg hunt for the little ones, and then the big feed. Fun, fun, fun.

Last year was something of a nail-biter. Easter was April 7 - a wee bit early, we thought. Charlie and I wondered if it would be too cold for dinner in the back yard. Then it occurred to us: if people think it's too cold, then they will opt not to come. Well, more than 100 people came! As it turned out, it was a little chilly - but the sun was shining! Our friends came dressed for the weather, and the sunshine made it lovely. As soon as the sun began to set, the less hardy (read me) went inside and called it a day. I know you've all heard me whine before, but let me say it again: I hate the cold.

This year it gets even trickier. Easter is March 23. Now we could have a great day with lots of sun. Or it could be cold, rainy and miserable. Hosting 100+ people in the back yard is easy. Hosting 100+ people inside would be, er, interesting. Though we have a rock star yard, our house is a modest 1900 square foot ranch. Let's see, we could put some card tables in our walk-in closet, some kids could eat in the bathtubs, we could move all the furniture out and sit on the floor...

You understand my dilemma. Help me out here. Should I err on the side of caution and pass this Easter? Or should I boldly go gonzo and make my plans. I'm inclined to move ahead, but am trying to imagine 100 people in my house. Decisions, decisions...

5 comments:

jenny said...

boldly go gonzo. I'd expect no less from honeypadoodle

Lynne said...

Right now that is my inclination...

ukrainiac said...

Go for it, Lynne. And, boy, I loved our greek Easter dinner on the Cape.

(Remember last summer -- it poured down rain before and after the outdoor party at your place?! But, good weather for the party itself. Actually great memories of watching Charlie finish up the yard in the pouring rain...)

Lynne said...

I knew your vote before it was cast! Yes, it was miraculous how we had perfect weather for the party. Bad weather before the party, bad weather after the party. But in between, it was great.

And it was hilarious watching Charlie work during a downpour as if all was well.

ukrainiac said...

Hmmm, I just might have to look through some old pictures...didn't I take some of that rain-soaked man? Maybe I was laughing too hard to hold the camera steady...