Our neighborhood is the best neighborhood in town. I mean that. One of the reasons is that we live on a little street that has only one entrance/exit to the same loop. This means that we really don't get a lot of non-neighbor traffic. And we have five streets in our neighborhood that connect to this one exit/entrance. There is a private road association on this street - and that's what got the good neighbor thing started.
Jamie has been a doll to keep up the neighborhood roster. The Road Association also tries to host a summer picnic and sometimes a winter party for all the families. Tom and Mary - some of the original members of the neighborhood - host an open house for every.single.new.neighbor. They also host an annual St. Patrick's Day open house for neighbors new and old. It's quite the tradition. About 3-4 years ago, I started hosting one of my favorite events - a neighborhood ladies soup and salad luncheon. This year was a huge hit as 25 neighbors came. I worked closely with my amazing neighbor and chef - Christen. We came up with some ideas and divvied up the recipes and food responsibilities. We came up with a delicious menu.
Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon - January 30, 2015
Beverages: Iced tea, water, Pellegrino, lemonade, white wine, red wine, and champagne
Top Your Own Salad – choose from a base salad of either Spring Mix or Red & Butter Lettuce. Top with carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, crumbled bleu cheese, crumbled goat cheese, corn, croutons, nuts, craisins and more.
Enjoy a variety of delicious breads: rosemary sea salt; whole grain; pumpernickel or French bread with Irish butter
Homemade soups by Jennifer and Christen:
- French onion soup
- Fire roasted tomato bisque – with optional cream
- Bean with kielbasa soup
- Lasagne soup – add some delicious cheese
Desserts: Grapefruit sandwich cookies; molasses ginger snap; salted caramel cream puffs; Godiva chocolates, meringues with or without chocolate chips, Almond tartlets.
Coffee and tea
Everything was delicious. There was French onion soup in individual crocks.
Or a selection of the other soups in my newest soup tureens.
The dessert table was scrumptious.
The friendship and camaraderie was so special. Everyone had the time to chat, get caught up with one another, or meet new neighbors.
Then Jamie had a great idea. Let's take a group photo standing in order of longevity in the neighborhood.
FRONT ROW - less than 4 years in the neighborhood
2nd ROW = 4-10 years
3rd ROW - 11-19 years
4th ROW - 20+ years
How cool is that? We also include the neighborhood alumni. Cyd mentioned that we really have a very special neighborhood - and the fact that we do things like this and include the alumni is a tribute to that bond we have built.
So there you have it. How you do keep your neighborhood tightly knit? (See how I wove that knitting theme into this?) It may be hard work, but it's definitely worth it. Please share your ideas.