Monday, December 19, 2005

Linzy Graduation Party

As I mentioned when I posted pictures earlier, on Saturday evening we had a party at our house to celebrate Linzy's graduation from school. We had a pretty good turnout, with Laura and Andy, Dan, Shawn, Andrea and Megan, Gerard, Vanessa, Felicia, Katie, Brittany and Tony, Anita, Mike, and Brenden in attendance.

The party was a big success, I think, as everyone seemed like they were having a good time.

The assortment of food for the party was originally planned to be scaled back from our usual shindigs. It was only supposed to be some snacks and a cake. However once we got done adding in some of this, and a little of that, it got be a pretty huge collection of food. We had potato chips, tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole (homemade by Tony), half a dozen kinds of crackers, two huge bricks of sliced cheese, 4 pounds of summer sausage, and three kinds of spreadable cheese all for the crackers, a veggie tray, a shrimp tray, candy, peanuts, seafood dip, pickles, and cake. On top of that, we had a ton of pop, beer, and various things for mixed drinks.

I was pretty sure that we were going to have way too much of everything, especially as people who we were thinking were coming started canceling on Thursday/Friday. Instead, everyone rose to the challenge and almost the entire spread of food got eaten and we went through two full cases of beer, leaving only a 12 pack leftover.

At this party we tried a new strategy to keep people from congregating in the kitchen (as in here and here), we took all the chairs out and put them in other rooms. That actually worked pretty well, although the chairs kept wanting to make their way back upstairs.

The other thing that helped spread people out to other parts of the house was that we had a big attraction in the family room: Guitar Hero.

I know I've been going on and on and on about the game lately, but it really is a super fun party game. In fact, two people commented almost immediately upon arrival about my rather strange (in their mind) fascination with a video game that uses a toy guitar as a controller. But then we turned on the game, and from then on it was in use straight through till 3:30 am or so. Nearly everyone tried the game, and anyone who did seemed to really enjoy it and played it multiple times.

Guitar Hero was involved in one of the funniest moments of the night as well. Brittany's fiancee Tony had tried the game a few times and was really, enjoying it. After he finished his second or third game, he put down his guitar, and ran up the stairs yelling:

Britt, whatever you got me for Christmas, take it back! I want Guitar Hero instead!

Other then trying the game, everyone pretty much just hung out and chatted, admired Shawn and Andrea's new baby, complained about their respective jobs, etc, and just generally relaxed.

I always enjoy our parties, and this one was no exception. I had a really fun time hanging out and talking with everyone, and it seemed like everyone else was enjoying themselves too. I'm considering it a success!

[ Update 9:30pm: Amusingly, Brittany just called to tell us that Tony went out today and purchased Guitar Hero. I'm glad he liked it. ]


Shawn said...

Guitar Hero was fun, and I think the draw is that a non-video game person can pick it up and do just fine. (as evidenced by the fact that Andrea beat me with a 97% score)

Speaking of buying, do you have any suggestions on where I can buy a single guitar (i.e. not game + guitar?) My brother says they don't have them at Best Buy, maybe its only specific ones that are out? Let me know!

Steve Eck said...

I had a terrible time finding a place that sold just the guitar. In theory, the EB Games in Apple Valley claimed to sell it, but were out of stock. All the other GameStops and EB Games around professed ignorance at what Guitar Hero even was.

I know Best Buy isn't selling just the guitar (at least now), and Target doesn't carry the game at all.

Good Luck.