summer parties

June 8, 2012 |  Category:   friends life

This is what happens when you get all the talented food peeps from our commercial kitchen together on a Monday night. That’s like practically a quarter of Brooklyn’s small food businesses represented right there. With lots of food. And beer.


Mark and I are pretty much the old folks in this young people dominated Brooklyn food movement (or whatever the hell the press wants to call it these days), so we’re one of the only few food company people who have kids. But they’re usually welcome to some parties and it’s really the only way Mark and I can both go out. Besides, at this age the girls seem to just blend right in and make conversation with just about anyone and the childless young folk seem amused by them. It’s rather interesting, actually, to see just how comfortable they are hanging with big folks and holding their own.
By the way, is it just me or is it getting harder to motivate yourself to get out to parties? I’m not talking about dinner with friends, or a soiree like this potluck necessarily, but just parties in general, particularly industry parties and networking events. Can’t believe my friends and I would go out almost every night when we were college, even grad school. It really is for the young – and I concede. Just give me my heating pad and the couch any night…

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  • Stephanie @ Blawsom June 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Ever since joining the work force 10 years ago… it’s been difficult for me to leave the house outside of work. When I am not working… I really do value my alone time & want nothing more than to chill before doing it all over again in a few short days. I can only imagine that it is even more difficult with a family. Now… if the weekend increased by say… two luscious days… I’m sure I’d be able to squeeze in an event or two :)

  • Karen June 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Potlucks are so much better than parties! But I’m a homebody so who knows:)

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag June 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Heating pad and the couch — I am SO with you! To be honest, except for a brief period of time in college, I was never much of a Go-er Out-er. When my husband and I had our daughter, we didn’t have that much of an adjustment in that regard, b/ we were pretty much homebodies anyway. It’s wonderful to have the excuse (sorry, no babysitter, sorry it’s a school night) to stay in!

  • Jane June 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Summer…wow….I’m dreaming of summer….it’s been unseasonably cold and wet for the past few weeks, summer seems like something only found in books and movies…and beautiful blogs! :(

  • Candace June 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Oh yes…….staying at home reading with a glass of good wine or an aperitif, some good chow or watching a movie is soooooooo much easier than getting up and going to a get together of sorts! I work from home, so I don’t get out much as it is, but it takes such an effort to get to a party these days….I’ve blown off four invitations from my girlfriends in the past month and I know they are maaaaad at me! I prefer to keep things very simple, like a drink/nosh at a restaurant.

    I know I’m getting old, but I just like to be still…life is just too busy and cacophonous these days! I guess we creative types are like that…..

  • Jasmine June 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Where are those pork buns from? They look so plump and good!

  • Kitty June 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Love reading your blog!
    Best wishes,
    Couchpotato, formerly known as Miss Which-party-is-next!!

  • Jenna June 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    @Jasmine somewhere in Chinatown – and I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the place. I want to know too because it was SO good.

  • Pink Ronnie June 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    LOL, yes, I can’t remember the last time I went out to a networking event. Maybe like 3 years ago before having kids!?
    Gimme the couch, a cup of tea, and a good book (or Downton Abbey) anyday.
    Ronnie xo

  • CHICKYTHING June 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I totally agree. I’ve been hanging a lot on the couch lately.
    I feel old.

  • paige June 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    yes. i love going out SOMETIMES. but being happy at home, cozy and lazy, is just one of life’s greatest pleasures. such a treat. xoxoxo

  • Misha June 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    That looks like so much fun! And it gave me the smiles hearing about your babies mingling on their own. I can and can’t wait for that day. Sometimes my womb screams at me to have another child, but common sense hushes it rather quickly *torn*
    And parties? What are those? :)

  • Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs June 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Its good that the girls can interact mingle so. It teaches them maturity and how to talk to grown ups and carry serious conversations. I think a lot of children are raised without being forced to learn such skills, any more.
    I have absolutely no drive for physical networking, either. Parties and outing I should attend if nothing else just to network are utterly undesirable, really. I’ve become such a happy hermit.

  • CHICKYTHING June 12, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I love potlucks!