It’s time for me to come clean again about the good, the bad and the ugly on planning my last party:
– Time Management: The bane of my party planning existence. This party was a big FAIL on time management. From not starting anything for the party until the Sunday beforehand to not practicing with my Silhouette until I needed it to work right, I ended up far more stressed than I needed to be. Now, as a result of my stress, I’m left with a disaster of a house, and a horrible head cold.
This isn’t just frustrating for me, but also for the Husband. He has now voiced that he doesn’t want this to become a career if I can’t work this out. So I am now making a promise that to all of you that the next party will be put together with time to spare! It’s important that I’m successful here because my next party is going to be in a completely different state!
(In my defense, I had planned on taking some time off of work on Friday, but ended up having a retirement luncheon and an afternoon meeting that I needed to go to which really cut into my prep time. Even if I have to work boatloads of extra hours, I’m going to HAVE to take time off before these events.)
– Backdrops: After feeling like I had such a great backdrop last time, I wasn’t so excited about the backdrop this time. I wasn’t thrilled with using the pink fabric, but because of time and budget limitations, it was the best option at the time. My original vision had dozens of flowers on the backdrop, but since I didn’t take the time to learn my new tool earlier, I ended up with just a few.
|This could have been so much more….|
– Develop a Comprehensive Plan: Again, this was a FAIL. I didn’t think it was too necessary, since the whole party was about a dinner, but I really did need to put together at least a timeline of events. Does anyone have a timeline they’ve found useful?
– Budget & Tracking Expenses: As outlined in yesterday’s post, I feel fantastic about how well I stayed within my decorating budget. We honestly didn’t set a budget for food expenses. Since this was our gift to the Husband’s parents, and it gave the Husband an excuse to cook something decadent, we were willing to splurge on high-quality foods.
This is sort of difficult for me, as the tea party felt like a somewhat of a triumph. I’m glad that I tried something new, though. And I can’t wait to put together my next party…the hostess and I have been working on some really fun and different ideas!
….You didn’t think I was going to hold out on all the details, did you? Come back Friday for our full five-course menu with recipe links and wine pairings!