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The Party



Phew! I tell you, no matter how "easy" and "simple" a party is supposed to be, it isn't!
I worked so hard before, getting the yard just "so" and planning and then shopping, when I got to the actual party, I was a wreck. I was in the kitchen more than at the party...and we had dinner delivered!
Don't get me wrong...it was a good party, and Hubby had a great time. I just didn't get to visit as much as I thought I would. And since I had never worked with this restaurant before (went to dinner many times a long time ago), I wasn't sure there was enough food.





Part of the problem was RSVP.
Does anyone know what that means??
So, we invited 28.
And because few answered...it remained 28. I had made the order for 24.
So, I created more appetizers to fill people up. Get the picture?
Yeah.....
So, day of...two people called and dropped out.
A week before another said no she wouldn't be coming...
So, the #s kept changing.Literally, there were some going up I and then down of numbers the week of.....I left the order to stay...afterall, its not cheap to order "catering" for a party.
So, I created appetizers...
I had a couple of beautiful wood planks with cheeses, fruits, salami etc...and put one on each table...
I had done two card tables for appetizers so people wouldn't "clog up" at any one table.
But hardly anyone ate stuff...and I had fly covers over the trays, but with an almost 2 yr old who kept getting into the crackers and other food...the covers came off...flies got on food...people stopped eating...food got wasted....
Our beverages were outside...that was flawless I think...I had a large table with white wine, red, beer, soda, and just plain water. Everyone could, and did, help themselves...that worked well.
Sorry...there just wasn't time for pictures....
I made hot appetizers with crab...that was good...
I got to see guests by passing those...that was fun...but again...too much time in the kitchen.

I might have saved labor by using paper plates...but honestly, people wouldn't have eaten as much as they did had it been paper plates....

So, what did I learn?
If one is having a party...big...like 20+ people (at my age I make it 15+)...have it truly catered...its cheaper in the long run....
Much of the food on the tables...was tossed due to "fly season"...
Caterers do the clean up and set up and all the stuff I was doing, so I could have visited with people.
It doesn't matter if you see people all the time or not...its nice to visit with them.
At least, Hubby was able to enjoy himself...and that is what mattered.
I have had several catered parties and many not catered. Caterers earn their money and you enjoy yourself....

OH! And make sure your shoes are comfy! I wore shoes that I had never worn...I started to get a blister and ended up taking my shoes off....good thing I was at home...I wouldn't have been able to do that...

Today is Monday....We are still cleaning up and putting away.
And as for food...thankfully we have kiddo households to give extra food away.
Restaurants aren't totally clear about how much they give "per person"...ask...their idea of a portion may not be your idea...ask questions...I didn't.

I am glad I didn't worry about dirty windows...honestly, no one is looking at that...hopefully they were seeing the overall lovely view or talking to others.

Don't break your back to get ready...just be clean.

All in all, when working on your yard do it to please you, because when guests come and then go...they really don't notice. Just enjoy the moment...
And when it comes to "speeches"...I am terrible...but it works out ok in the end...everyone had had enough wine or beer and were relaxed...it was ok.

I hope you have a great week.
I am babysitting this whole week while their Mom and Dad get away for a few days for Her birthday gift...
Here is praying my back hangs in there....it is so miserable right now...
Nancy


Comments

I know you are happy you had the big party but a lot of the work does fall on you! Hope you are resting now and enjoying the week! Hugs!

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