We were planning a fiesta at The Glade which we were calling La Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night). On the night before the party we were expecting 30 guests which is a lot for our little house but we had plenty of chairs and other seats and so were all prepared. Prepared until the a big thunderstorm rolled through the area and knocked out our electricity in the middle of the night. (As a matter of fact it’s still out as I write this post 3 days later.)
We waited all day hoping the power would be restored and we wouldn’t need to cancel the party. At 4 o’clock in the afternoon we finally pulled the trigger and decided to call everyone to let them know we were NOT canceling. Since it had been 100 degrees for a few days we thought it only fair to warn them that we would not have air conditioning nor lights.
We had everything set up for a fun fiesta and, yes, about 15 people showed up: some bringing food, some flowers and one even brought a small generator which gave us fans and lights. How awesome is that! (We’re still using the generator.)
We had a grande time eating, drinking cold drinks and staying cool. The evening cooled off sufficiently so folks could sit outside while others relaxed closer to the food.
We posted a drink list which included the following iced drinks:
- Sparkling water with lemon or orange
- Mango tea
- Decaf tea
- Green sun tea
- Lemon balm elixer
- Cucumber water.
Did I mention that we had purchased a new window air conditioner to cool the ground floor? The Glade is on a wooded lot so the downstairs usually stays cool all summer without air conditioning but I wasn’t taking any chances since we had had a number of days in the high 90s and some over 100. Obviously it was useless without electricity.
Another useless item was our new espresso machine. First, nobody wanted a hot drink and second, the espresso machine also works on electricity.
We had a good old-fashioned time but look forward to having our power restored in the near future. And we totally cleaned up without a dishwasher. Are we pioneers, or what?
What do you look forward to?