Family is very important to me. Whether it be immediate or extended, my parents instilled in me the importance of family. But getting together with extended family is hard. Schedules and timings and places are near impossible to set down. So we were fortunate that my sister’s recent wedding in Dominican gave us a reason to get together.
My aunt and uncle and cousins weren’t able to make it to the Dominican, so my uncle offered to host a family celebration. For location we were able to decide that my house worked out and my aunt and uncle took care of the rest.
4 grandparents, 6 cousins, 6 spouses/significant others, and 7 kids under the age of four. We quickly realized the last time we were all together my cousin was pregnant with the first of the 7 kids.
When my uncle started planning he asked me for any caterer suggestions. Automatically I gave him Keith’s name from A Little Bite Different. We hired Keith for my sister’s bachelorette and he did a fantastic job and I was looking forward to another great meal by him, and he didn’t disappoint.
Different then my sister’s bachelorette, our dinner was set up buffet style and was perfect for our casual backyard party. The kids ate first, eating a meal that was more catered to their sensitive (read: picky) palettes (chicken fingers and fries).
For the adults we started with three appetizers: chicken and shrimp skewers and an amazing Mango and Apple Bruschetta with Brie.
For our main course two amazing salads and two choices of meat. The meal couldn’t have been better.
With our neighbours away we had use of both backyards and their trampoline which kept the kids entertained. As well, my cousin brought a bouncy castle/slide. They are so mobile and I really think a worthwhile purchase.
We were fortunate to borrow a friend’s homemade bar and my husband had his perch for the rest of the night. Playing bartender is a guy thing isn’t it?
My cousins and their families were staying at a nearby hotel and we arranged ahead of time for Smart Ride cab service to come and drive their vehicle, with kids (and car seats) back to the hotel. I was really disappointed when their pick time came and went and we had to phone them to find out what was going on. After a lot of running around they said that they had car problems and hung up on us!!!. Not great service in my mind, especially close to midnight with 4 cranky toddlers. Unfortunately I won’t be recommending them.
That’s when Milton’s Black Cab came to the rescue. A quick call to them and they said they provide the same service. They brought two cabs and one driver drove the van with kids and parents, while the other car followed them. Parents with kids remember this! What a great service.
A couple of days later and I’m still recovering, but it was well worth it. My favourite part of the day was seeing all the kids play together, so great to see the next generation of cousins. Let’s hope our promise of seeing each other more often is possible.
How do you keep in touch with extended family?
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