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December 30, 2009
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Thing was, most people genuinely seemed to want to come…

So I'll try again in another month.  Do something low-key, just some Friday night “thang”, so people don't feel like they have to rush home so they'll be getting enough sleep before church, etc. Sun2

While I do wish that people had called, I'm glad I took the intiative (and I made sure to phrase it so it wasn't “you're rude, why didn't you tell me if you could come or not?”…lol–even *I*have enough sense to not do that, lol).  Now I've got phone numbers, too,  heh heh heh.

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Now, to think about what to do next time…

HMMM.  You ladies have any good ideas?  Decent ideas?  Ideas that stink but you just cannot get them out of your head and want someone else to try them so the blame doesn't land on *you*? ;-)

Yes, I feel better tonight, in case you hadn't figured it out.

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Rachel

December 30, 2009
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Well, I'm glad you are feeling better about all of this.  It's a crummy thing but yeah, it can be turned around.

Something that has gone over very well for us in the past is a “Game Night”.  Bring a game and a dish (or snack) to pass, some nice generic light jazz in the background, (a little boring but conducive to conversation, can be adjusted after a bit) snacks scattered around several playing stations, a variaty of games.  Jenga is good, a very fun game I'm told is Apples to Apples, a few tables, a few more common games, some drinks of whatever you like provided, and a break if needed for a little more substantial fare.

This is something we used to do, it sort of rotated every couple weeks to various homes in our circle of friends and was always well attended.  If there are kids who are expected to attend, some mixed in with the adults if that suited the parents, but they all seemed to have more fun in another room with their own snacks and games.

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December 31, 2009
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Rachel,

Glad you're feeling better about it, and that things are still smooth between the neighbors!  Now that you have the phone numbers you won't have to be in and out of the car tracking them down.  Hehehehe

A theme night could be fun.  You wouldn't have to dress up, but to pick foods along a theme.  Just had a scene from Better Off Dead flash through my mind.  Remember the scene where they had the neighbors over for dinner to meet the exchange student?  “Here are French Fries.  And French toast.  And French dressing.”French

Ooohhh, you could have different breads with different types of dipping oils!  Yum!

If you waited until summer you could have a picnic and have outside games.  Sometimes that's easier to get people interacting.  There's more freedom to pick up the horseshoes or rope toss.  I'd like game night, but depending on the age of your neighbors, they might not.  I know my parents woud feel uncomfortable trying to play a game they've never played before with strangers.  However, if someone didn't want to come and play games they could RVSP.Poke

December 31, 2009
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These folks are from about 55-60, to 80ish. 

None of them, as far as I know, have little children running about (a few have granchildren running about from time to time, but not living with them).  So any children would predominantly be my own…

A game night sounds good–we have Apples to Apples.  I'd actually considered cards, because those might be easier to 'expand'…and this generation of folks probably actually knows the games already (of course, I don't…lol, and unless some of these folks are willing to come over and do a game night before hand, so I can learn how, it will be a wonderful learning experience for me, lol).  I've even got some vintage cookie cutters in the shapes of clubs, spades, hearts, and diamonds :-) .  I can come up with all sorts of interesting uses for those…lol.

Rachel

December 31, 2009
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Oh, and SG, honey, I LOOOOVE that movie!  Its been eons since I've seen it…but that's up there with Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink, in my book.  Total chick movies, but I'd watch them when DH was away…eat doritos and drink some Tab.  ;-)

Rachel

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