The barn party for neighbors that included twinkle lights, ball jars and a fresh salad with bacon! 🙌
A few weeks ago my family hosted a barn party for our neighbors. My brother who lives across the field had spent the summer fixing up his barn and we had wanted to have the neighbors over to see our farmhouse renovations, so we decided to come together as a family and host a dinner in the barn. Machinery was removed, invitations were sent and the floors were swept!
Hosting the event for the farmers in our area was really quite simple. Once the barn was cleaned out, (okay, maybe that part wasn’t that simple) we put up chairs and a long table. We decided to eat at one long table like the farmers would have done generations back. I was in charge of decorating and lined the tables for the barn party with plastic white tablecloths and burlap. I have quite a few blue ball jars and we used those as centerpieces. They had literally been in our basement for decades until I pulled them out the day of the event to clean them. They cleaned up nice!
One of the key things we did was to provide a place for the kids to play and eat that was separate but also close by to the adults. We put them in the old hog shed area. We brought over some toys and crafts for them to enjoy. They also got their own twinkle lights.
We did not lack for delicious food. My mom made pies and sugar cookies with the easiest icing ever. We brought out our old metal barrels for the drinks which worked out quite well. All the neighbors brought a side to share and my sister-n-law provided the main dish.
But the star for me, was an amazing salad that was brought by our neighbor, Dorothy. It was so good I was thinking about it days later so I asked her for the recipe to share with you! Made with one pound of Farmland bacon, it did not disappoint. This salad fed a crowd.
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After our bellies were quite full the kids worked it off. The dirt pile was the main entertainment and kept them occupied for quite awhile.
We had invited neighbors that are generational families like ours and neighbors who have lived in the area for a few decades. Thinking about it, we’re the newest kids on the block at the same time being the sixth generation to live on the homestead. Following the dinner we invited everyone over to our home to share our renovations. It was such a delight to hear from so many who knew my grandparents and could share stories about being in our home.
Living out in the country, neighbors depend on each other whether it’s a cup of sugar you need or help getting a project done. We love living surrounded by the hard working farmers and neighbors who aren’t too busy to stop by and say hello.
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A delicious salad made with homemade dressing and Farmland bacon. It’s perfect for a potluck!
- 1 head of bibb lettuce, chopped
- 1 head of iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 1 pound of Farmland bacon, cooked and chopped
- 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
- 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
- 1 box of mushrooms, chopped
- 1.5 bunches of green onion bunches
Celery Seed Dressing
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 TB dry onion flakes
- 1 tsp celery seed
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup white distilled vinegar
- Combine salad in ingredients together.
- Combine salad dressing ingredients and set aside.
- About 15 minutes before serving, add salad dressing to salad. Toss to mix well.
This makes a very large salad. If you’re not going to eat it all, you can divide the salad and add the dressing as you prefer.