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?


millhills said...

I would bring my angel food and pineapple cake. It taste wonderful and is diabetic friendly. You mix a box of angel food cake mix (dry) and a 19oz can of crushed pineapple together, bake as directed and top with lite cool whip !

Lover of Books said...

I love my tuna pasta salad. Fresh broccoli, califlower, and carrots mixed in with cooked pasta and tuna. Then you add Italian dressing to taste. No mayo issues.

Karen B said...

Tropical cheesecake - desert/salad.
Lite cream cheese, crushed pineapple and lite cool whip. Serve in a large bowl with fresh raspberries and blueberries scattered on top. I take this to our annual August block party and it disappears!

CindyD said...

For an easy dessert guaranteed to disappear, just make rice krispies treats!

Jeannie D. said...

Whenever I take a mayo based salad to a picnic, I just put crushed ice in a larger bowl than the serving bowl and nestle the serving bowl with the salad in the ice bowl and wrap plastic wrap over top of all. Works great!

Debra said...

German potato salad,which has no mayo or a hollowed out seedless watermelon filled with fresh fruit or spicy chicken wings.

Susan L said...

Baked Beans (according to my mom that's her favorite thing that I make)
Bread (based on the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day Master Recipe)

Aurian said...

I have never even heard of a block party. What does that mean? A neighbour hood party?

Anonymous said...

They usually block a street to traffic for a block party. But as ours is being held at the end of a dead-end street, there will be no need for that at this party.