I'm having a small soiree tomorrow. I've had many of these types of gatherings in the past, so it's almost like second nature to throw a "Colna Party" together. Bagel bites? Check. Alcohol? Check. Hot tub? Check. That's pretty much all my friends and I need to have a great time together. For some reason though, my parents always get super freaked out right before I have people over. My dad suddenly thinks I'm throwing this party to convince everyone to like me: "well what kind of food are you going to have? Are there enough tables? Are the speakers set up? Are people going to come???" My mother is worse in that she obsesses about the cleanliness of every room in the house. "Did you dust the pantry? Vacuum the attic? How does the fridge smell??" I brush off these questions and remind them that I've been friends with these people for 10+ years and that everything will be fine.
But honestly, I owe it to my parents for making our house one of the frequent party destinations in my friends group. My favorite question they ask: "Do you have enough alcohol?" After all, what else will ensure that everyone likes me and that no one will care how our house looks? My dad makes killer margaritas and keeps a well stocked beer fridge. Today in the grocery store, my mom picked up a watermelon and said, "we definitely need on of these." I assumed she intended to cut it up for fruit salad and said, "you don't have to cut up fruit." She looked confused and replied, "I was just gonna put vodka in it." That's my mommy :)