Both Jim and I feel that the housewarming party was successful. I personally had a blast and think many of our friends/family did, too. The party started around 4PM so for dinner I made some pulled pork and beans for the main course - and we also had tons of sides like cole slaw, potato salad, a cranberry/feta cheese green salad, hot dogs, and chili. I was aiming for more of a fall spread than a typical summer BBQ of burgers and dogs.
Here's the spread. I took a pic of the pulled pork about an hour after I put it in the slow cooker. I made about 30 lbs, so three different pork shoulders about 10 lbs each. I covered them in spices, ginger ale, onion, garlic, and Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce from BJs. They cooked for almost 18 hours each (3 different crock pots). I also served some additional BBQ sauce on the side.