Hosting a barn dance
We are almost finished building our new home. Along with our home, we built a new barn, with a walk-in haymow. We are going to have a barn dance in a few weeks, for family and friends, and our new neighbors.
We plan to have a local restaraunt cater bbq pork, beans, potato salad, pickles, etc. and have on tap beer and champale, and also have on hand hot apple cider and pop. We have also booked the band (local friends of ours). We're thinking of just doing the inviting by word of mouth, and not invitations. Do you think this is ok?
We're decorating with hay and straw bales, strung up Christmas white lights, corn shocks, pumpkins, and fresh apples in baskets, plus cattails, and other fall foliage.
One problem we're already running into is the fact that many people who've we already casually invited, have said "Oh great, I can't wait to see your house" (meaning having an actual tour inside). To their surprise, we answered them with "Our house will be locked and we will not be showing it that night to anyone". We're doing this because I dont' want a hundred plus people traipsing through our new home, plus we want the focus to be on the barn dance, not our new house. Any suggestions for tips would be appreciated! Thanks!