The Green Party

Not politics. Just a goofy idea I have for a party.

In honor of St Patrick’s Day and Earth Day, everyone brings a green dish to pass. We talk, we eat, and then we all do silly performances. (In Ashland the outdoor show before the Shakespeare plays begin is called “The Green Show” so the name of this party is an inside pun for us locals.)

(Gently used) door prizes for guests who walk or bike.

The idea’s been percolating for awhile but I haven’t been able to find a time to have the party.

Actually, I’m insane to think of hosting a party. I can’t sleep. I am working furiously on a huge project. James is in and out of town (traveling because he was appointed to serve on the state board that oversees direct entry midwives by Governor Ted Kulongoski after the governor read this AP story in the Oregonian about our unassisted home birth). Hesperus has a gymnastics meet all day Saturday. My mother-in-law is visiting next week and Miss Sweet Leone has been a fussy bucket the last few days.

Plus, I’m nursing so technically I’m not drinking so how the [expletive deleted] am I going to do a hip hop dance number with my daughter and embarrass the bejeezus out of myself in front of other people?!

Then my friend Emily left me a voicemail: “Still having the party this weekend? We want to come!”

Her enthusiasm inspired me. So the party’s Sunday. Only, guess what? Emily called back to say her family can’t make it.

It was tempting to chicken out but we’re going ahead with it anyway, short notice and a dirty bathroom be damned.

I was thinking of making spinach pasta with pesto, unpeeled cucumber salad (cucumbers are green, right?), and maybe a kiwi-and-green-grape dessert.

Now I need your help. If you were invited to a party and asked to “bring a green dish to pass,” what would you bring? A chocolate velvet cake on a green plate? What’s your favorite green food? Do your kids like to eat anything green?

I’ll post how the party went next week. Also up next week: An interview with unassisted birth diva Laura Shanley and the long ago promised report back about which reader suggestions make Leone laugh the most.

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