It all worked out well, and we had tons of food (and good food at that) and were able to actually meet some new people. One of them actually liked to fish, so I look forward to getting out on the kayaks with him some time soon.
There are actually a number of couples in their early 30’s with kids on our block now. We’ll be among that elite crowd eventually. I can’t wait.
All in all, I recommend any such endeavor. Even when our cookouts were not well attended (3-5 households) it was a great way to get to know our immediate neighbors. This was our 4th, and definitely won’t be our last. And by the way, we had fun. So that helps as well. If you prayed for us, thanks.