I am pleased to report that regardless of the weather, kids will get in any available body of water and happily throw inflatable objects at each other for hours. The pool party was thus an unqualified success* in their minds.
With one small exception.
Child: You know, I have a suggestion for next time.
Hostess: Really? What's that?
Child: When you make the burgers, you should add a little bit of ground pork. It makes them especially juicy. Do you have any ground pork?
Child: Oh, well. Thanks anyway.
Thanks Anyway Burgers
Which, by the way, were "incredibly great", according to most of the guests.
Very good quality ground beef, at least 15% fat, but preferably 20%. Buy 1/4 pound for each child, and 1/3 pound for each adult.
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
Form patties by hand no more than an hour or so before your BBQ. Score each lightly with a knife. Keep refrigerated. Heat your grill to medium high. Just before putting patties on the grill, sprinkle each side liberally with salt and pepper. Put on the grill and close it up. Cook 3-4 minutes, or until you see the edges beginning to brown. Flip. Close the grill again. If making cheeseburgers, wait 1 minute, then open up and add your cheese. I love these with gorgonzola, Swiss, or a sharp cheddar. Yesterday, we pretty much went with American cheese all around. Cook another couple of minutes, or until cheese is melted and you can't stand to wait another second.
Serve with warm buns, and all the fixings for people to make the burgers their own. All the fixings at our house means bacon, guacamole, mixed greens, arugula, red onions, tomatoes, bbq sauce, ketchup, relish, and Dijon mustard. Yesterday, it was basically bacon and ketchup.
*Measures of success for the 4th/5th grade attendees:
Not in school on a weekday? Check.
Chips available for both eating and dropping all over the lawn? Check.
Parents not paying much attention to them, but instead having coffee and chatting? Check.
When not in pool, can continue to throw inflatable things at each other? Check.
Dessert to vegetable ratio above 5:1? Check.
Cool-whip shots all around? Check.