Being married to a pastor definitely has its challenges. I don’t see my husband a lot during Advent or Lent. There’s a lot of evening meetings, so I bear the brunt of the responsibility of getting kids to their activities. When he’s on call, he can be called away at a moment’s notice, whether we are just sitting down to dinner or leaving for a weekend trip.
How about the challenge of attending seven parties in one day?
Last Sunday was Confirmation Sunday at our church. It’s a day of celebration, and being proud of the Confirmands as they profess their Christian faith in front of the church. This year’s class was big, and we received seven invitations to parties. Most people would give their regrets and only attend one or two parties. Not the pastor’s family!
The first thing we do is look at all the invitations, and make out a game plan. Where is the party that is located the farthest out? Which direction do we want to go? Whose party starts the earliest, or ends the latest? After the game plan is made, off we go.
We’ve learned in past years that we need to eat a little at every party. The hosts go to a lot of work to make great food, and it’s up to us to enjoy it. That means we don’t load up our plates at the first party. A salad here, a bun with turkey there, some chips and spinach dip. A little goes a long way when you’re eating at seven parties.
My kids, of course, think it’s a blast. Some parties are held at town halls where there are fun playgrounds. Some are at homes, and they discover treasure troves of Lego or Transformers. Most Confirmands have younger siblings that our children are already friends with. PLUS, the parties usually have soda or juice boxes- something that my kids don’t have on a regular basis. They work their way through the day playing and getting sugared up on cake and soda.
Is going to seven parties in one day tiring? Of course! But it’s also really fun too. Getting all these invitations shows us that we’re loved- that the families in our congregation value us and want us to share in their joy. What a gift to be able to do that with them! The good food is just a bonus.
I can’t close this post without sharing my two favorite salads of the day with you- Grape Salad and Cookie Salad. These salads could have been at every single party and I would have been a happy–and full–camper!
- 2 pound(s) red seedless grapes
- 2 pound(s) green seedless grapes
- 8 ounce(s) sour cream
- 8 ounce(s) cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla
- 1/2 cup(s) sugar
- 1 cup(s) brown sugar
- 1 cup(s) crushed pecans
- Wash and stem grapes and set aside. Mix sour cream, cream cheese, white sugar and vanilla by hand until blended. Stir grapes into mixture and pour into a large serving bowl. Combine brown sugar and pecans and sprinkle over the top of the grapes to cover completely.
- 2 cups cold buttermilk
- 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) fudge-striped shortbread cookies, coarsely crushed
- In a bowl, whisk the buttermilk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in whipped topping and oranges. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Fold in crushed cookies.
- My cousin uses crushed Twix bars instead of fudge-striped cookies. YUM.