I have a detailed recap, including recipes, up on Examiner.com, but in quick summary, we ate and drank a lot. The drinking was of a slightly higher caliber than we're used to, since Alicia and Mike provided us with a couple of bottles of fancy wine to taste in between sips of Busch Light and prosecco.
Jen's mashed potatoes were another nice surprise. She made them the normal way, but added just a little Old Bay - not so much that they tasted like crab potatoes, but enough that they had a slight savory edge. I think everybody had more than one serving (which was probably a good thing, since drinking so well also meant we were drinking so much).
This was the first year we'd gone the hors d'oeuvres route, instead of having a traditional sit-down dinner. I think I like this approach better. It's a better fit for our house, and it means that everybody's up and active and (I think) having a little more fun. The cocktail party format is more conducive to a larger group, too. I think we probably had about as many people as we had last year, maybe a couple more, but it didn't feel like as much work (that might also be because last year, my house was under construction).
Overall, a good Friday night. Now, it's on to the next fake holiday!