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Old 04-26-2009, 07:31 AM   #21
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Just do your best. You're putting a lot of thought into this, so if they don't like what you offer, I wouldn't worry about it. If nothing else, they should recognize your efforts, if not - that's their problem.

This is 2 hours of your life, out of about 750,000 hours. No matter how it goes, it's an unimportant blink of an eye in the overall scheme of things. It could be enjoyable, it not it's just as much their doing as yours. If it goes badly, you'll have a funny story to tell in a week. Like Rambler said, just go with it, it won't be important even a week from now much less sweat.

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Old 04-26-2009, 08:06 AM   #22
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I like the idea of the pictures. That always is a great conversation starter. If you have a way to link your computer to your t.v., you could have them on a slide show that runs on the t.v.. When the conversation runs dry (if it does), you look up at the t.v. for inspiration

I would also consider moving dinner up a little, if possible. Even to 5:30 makes you have less time to fill conversing.

Appetizers? Agree with the cheese and crackers tray, deviled eggs, etc. I also like to make shrimp cocktail and present it via individual martini glasses (hang the shrimp around the edge, cocktail sauce in the glass). You can prep it ahead of time, since it is served chilled.

Your dinner menu sounds yummy, BTW!

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Old 04-26-2009, 09:01 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Westernskies View Post
...pour 'em full of booze and then press for details.

idea...pour two swozzled Depression babies back in their car and watch them fumble their way out of our driveway...not!

Thanks for all the ideas, humor, and perspective

Husband was able to dig up a few photos that have nostalgic value. simplegirl, at some point I need to figure out how to hook up the PC to the TV as you suggested. A TV is just a big monitor after all.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:06 AM   #24
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Amethyst, you seem like such a nice fun person that I can't imagine they won't have a lovely time regardless. Just treat them like any other guests and they'll probably be talking about their visit for the next twenty years!

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