Somehow we managed to pull off the party this weekend. We had a great time, although it was a somewhat exhausting endeavor to get ready for it. I call it, “the most fun that I hope to not repeat in the very near future.” Regardless, I’m very glad that we hosted it because everyone really enjoyed themselves.
We wanted to do everything simple, since we were hosting a good-sized crowd and we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare everything. We decided on hot dogs and burgers for the main course, which was perfect. Everyone gobbled up the food. (Yet, somehow we still ended up with a ton left over, which means that in the coming weeks we’ll probably be eating more hot dogs and hamburgers than we’ve had all year.)
The thing that cracked me up the most about the party was how everyone raved about the brownies I made. One guy even asked me if I wouldn’t mind sharing my “family recipe” for the brownies. I had to refrain from laughing, as the “family recipe” was a box of brownie mix I bought from the store. He couldn’t believe it, and he wanted to know exactly what kind it was and the exact type of oil I used.
In case anyone else wants my “family secret,” the brownie mix that everyone loved was Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate. (I followed the directions for the "fudgy" brownies, instead of the "cake-like" version, and I used regular vegetable oil.)I wish I could say that I bought this because I just knew it was going to be so good. But truthfully, I bought it because it was the cheapest. Before the party, I worried that maybe I should have been making more “homemade” stuff, but after the brownie reviews, I realized that most people wouldn’t have known or cared if I spent hours making food from scratch. And really, I think most people just appreciated that we had them over. Although, I must say, the brownies were a nice a bonus for us all.