Joey got right down to business playing Carcassonne in the kitchen while I made ready the snacks, got a rotation of batteries onto the charger, and synched controllers. Stephanie (or Snephanie, as the kids call her) arrived next and Joey got her playing Carcassonne while waiting for David to show up to his own party. Soon enough he arrived with Sheri. Sheri, David and I played a bit of Boomblox, and we were joined there by Steph and Joey. We put out chips, salsa, pretzels, cheezies, and I made popcorn.
It wasn't long before we headed downstairs for some Rock Band. There were five of us and only four instruments, so we all took turns. Steph really found her groove for drumming (not surprising, since she likes hammering so much). Everyone but Joey took a turn at vocals. Yes, even me. I gave in to the peer pressure stepped that far out of my comfort zone. I admit, it wasn't as awful as I expected, but I still maintained my hate for it. We had so much fun with Rock Band that we played for about 4 hours. David's mom even joined us on vocals for a couple songs and the party ending two hours later than we'd anticipated. Everyone got a ride home while I cleaned up.
I think it all went smoothly. Next time I'd want to plan for some more substantial food. We had counted on wrapping up by 5:00 and that everyone would be home for supper, so everyone had to get by on snacks until we finished at 7:00. Next time we'll do better at feeding people and make some pizzas or a pot of chili or something. There's talk of making this a monthly event; hopefully everyone had a good enough time to come back.