Some times, everything comes together so perfectly, you feel enchanted. Friday night was one of those nights for me.
Nine adults and three young children had dinner before the surprise party. I made breaded pork tenderloin and broccoli, but took the easy way out on the cole slaw, rolls and potatoes, buying them from Chicken Shack, a restaurant on the corner of my street. Their broasted potatoes surely cannot be good for you...they are way too tasty to be healthy! None of our guests had ever had breaded pork tenderloin and they all loved it. My great niece had a second helping and one of the little boys thanked me for the chicken nuggets. We didn't bother to correct him.
Our son never suspected that the party wasn't for his uncle, so the surprise worked out perfectly. He received wonderful gifts and none were duplicates that had to be returned (like receiving two toasters at a bridal shower). He does have enough cleaning supplies to last a year and the amount of toilet paper he received was hilarious. Besides cleaning and laundry supplies, and paper products, he got medicine cabinet supplies (bandaids, antiseptic cream, rubbing alcohol, toothpaste, pain relievers); kitchen utensils including the most important ones: an ice cream scoop and a pizza cutter; bath and kitchen towels; home office supplies (scissors, stapler, tape, clips, wipe off message board); basic tools (hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, WD-40, duct tape); gardening supplies (hose, nozzle, hose reel, gardening gloves, outdoor thermometer); cereal and Kraft macaroni cheese (with delivery pizza and ice cream, his weekly menu is set!); extension cords, light bulbs, a hamper, welcome mat and a card table and chairs. Most of these gifts came in storage bins or buckets. He was truly surprised and overwhelmed.
He spent the next day organizing things for the move. Hopefully the closing will be this week. We are all on pins and needles. The morning after the party, the house looked like Christmas without ornaments. The good news now is that he has everything somewhat confined. The bad news is that the garage is full and my sewing/craft room is unavailable until he closes.
As soon as I mop the kitchen floor and put a few more serving bowls away, the house will look fairly normal again. As long as you don't look in the garage or my craft room.