Being that today's Friday, I wanted to share a new-ish Friday family tradition that my brother-in-law Larry came up with. Every so often during the summer my sister and he hold a Driveway Happy Hour (or "DWHH" if you're hip) on Friday afternoon. The idea is that it's an opportunity for folks to come by, hang out, and have some snacks and drinks.
They invite everyone and their grandmother...literally! They've got grandparents, kids, adults, kids that act like adults, and adults who act like kids. It's fun to hang out; shoot the shit; eat pretzels, nachos, and pizza all while having some nice cool drinks.
I'm still not 100% sure why it takes place in the driveway but I'm guessing it's because they have a huge dog named Baxter that uses the back yard for his own purposes, which limits their ability to hang out there. Either way, I like it because the DWHH is more casual than a barbecue or other "house" party. It's more like people just stopping by to say hello as opposed to something that's a big deal.
I'm looking forward to more of this new family tradition. We can add this one to Thanksgiving dinner, Eagles Tailgates, and taking four hours to open Christmas presents on the family-traditions list!
Oh, one other thing...my BIL (bro-in-law) said don't even think about trying to use the name Driveway Happy Hour or DWHH without giving credit where credit's due. I think that he's already working on trademarking the idea but I'm sure he'd be flexible if you'd invite him to your DWHH and buy him a beer.