Saturday, June 2, 2012

I'm invited to a BLOCK PARTY!

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Last weekend our next-door neighbor knocked on the door with a printed invitation in her hand.  "We're having a block party in June and we hope you'll come!"

The last time I was invited to a block party, I was 11 years old.  The neighbors behind the party had a couple of sons, one of whom played the guitar and the other the drums, so there was live rock music and tons of food and everybody had a wonderful time dancing in the street on that hot summer night.  I remember gorging myself on the best popcorn I had ever eaten in my life.  (I don't remember why it was so wonderful, just that it was.)

The invitation for the upcoming block party said to bring a dish to pass and some lawn chairs.

Hmmm...what should I bring?  I make a mean Waldorf salad, but what if it's hot?  All that mayo and summer heat . . . I could make deviled eggs, or macaroni or potato salad, but then you have the mayo problem again.  Baked beans?  Maybe I should bring a dessert?  Cut-out cookies?

I'm having a real hard coming up with something, and should probably just consult my own cookbook or that of the Cozy Chicks.  But what I think I might do is just wait another week or so and email our hostess and ask what I should bring.  (Whew--no more decision making.)

What would you bring to a block party?