It’s time for installment #6 of Lessons Learned! There were plenty of fiasco moments to share; some of which are areas I’ve discussed before (read them all here).
The biggest lesson I learned from this party? No more hot food, unless I have someone else prepare it; or I have someone helping me. As a single person operation, I just don’t have time to set up and cook all at the same time. I even cut down significantly on the home-made food this time – but those French Fries killed me! I loved the way they looked, but they took so much time. I’ve said over and over that I’ve got to stop making the food for these parties, since I don’t plan on getting a catering license. And, honestly, I had planned on purchasing more for this party, but I just couldn’t find what I needed from an external source.
|I have a total love-hate relationship with those french fries!|
Second lesson learned: Sometimes, I just need to suck it up and hire some help. It’s so frustrating to see so many ideas that have to go out the window because I just can’t do it all myself. For example, I was going to do more to the Al’s Toy Barn wall, with a long dragon toy draped over the backdrop, but I ran out of time. I was also going to hang planets over the main buffet, but yet again, I ran out of time. And speaking of running out of time, I forgot to include this picture in my post yesterday.
|Is Buzz flying, or falling with style?|
Third lesson learned: I figured out a great way to keep myself on track with my projects. It’s so simple really, but it helped immensely. All I did was literally type up a list of every single project, and the components of each project. That list became my best friend for all my purchasing trips , and for keeping track of what needed to be done.
Fourth Lesson Learned: I need to learn how to simplify my work processes. It’s taking entirely too long to make some of these projects, and that’s taking time away from my family. I kept track of most of the time I spent on the last party and it added up to at least 48 hours spent between research, consultations, purchasing, making the custom pieces, cooking, setting up, helping at the party and then cleaning up. When you add that to the fact that I work over 40 hours a week, cook all the family’s food, and do all the laundry – it’s simply exhausting. I love putting these things together, but there is a limit to what the body can handle.
I’m committed to finishing out a party each month for the rest of the year. These last few months have opened up my eyes quite a bit; so we’ll see what I learn over the next few months!