In Part One, Alex decides to celebrate her 16th birthday by throwing her first dinner party. Prep done, festivities on.
Appetizers at 6, and dinner at 7. Alex’s menu included stuffed mushrooms, crostini, caprese skewers, melon wrapped in proscuitto, and antipasta plates. Dinner was lasagne, garlic bread (four loaves) and salad. Dessert would be her traditional campfire and extreme s’mores (what, you haven’t heard of s’mores instead of cake?) Breadsticks, Italian sodas and a ton of m&ms. Twelve fifteen-year olds. She had her record player going the whole time.
Steve made the campfire and the two of us sat outside with a bottle of wine, and tried to be discreet. The kids laughed all night long, they sang at the campfire, they played Uno, and they drew on the tablecloth. And then they drew some more. The girls spent the night, and they continued drawing in the morning. They appreciated the food, and each other.
We were pretty amazed at how poised and funny and engaging she was, and all of the kids were. It was very, very cool, and she was exactly right. Oh, and we still have the lights strung across our living room.