Okay, so we did it: We had our barbecue! It was a gorgeous sunny day, and we had a really nice time visiting with friends and neighbors. It was nice to get to know some people better, and the little boy really enjoyed having other little ones around to play with. The group requested that next year we have the party in September, to avoid conflicts with people headed to the beach, trying to enjoy every warm day of summer. So next year we'll do it in September, and hopefully we'll make it an annual event. It's worth it to pull people together.
My sister-in-law brought some appetizers that were so clever I simply must share. If you are ever headed to a summer party and are looking for something to contribute, here's a good idea for you. I'm not sure what to call them (let me know if you have any ideas), but they are easy to make, easy to transport, and super yummy - everyone loved them, even (and especially!) the kids.
Using wood skewers, alternate the following:
1) mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes, basil leaves - drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
2) cheddar cheese, green olives, cheese tortellini - lightly brush with pesto