So I'm finally officially having a housewarming party this weekend, albeit 8 months late, but I'm having one regardless and I simply can't wait for all the fun, friends and warming of the house.
It also happens to be on my birthday so it should be a good day all around, right?
And it will be, after I go through my traditional "event" prep freak out.
I'm a great hostess, I can brag about that, I throw great parties, everyone is welcome, there's always awesome (and too much) food, music and libations - I'm a party girl, this shouldn't surprise you all too much.
But with a good party comes planning and thanks to my Mom and entertaining savvy family I was trained very well.
It may sound old fashioned but I still think a woman is judged on her cooking, cleaning and entertaining skills so I try to make everything as perfect as possible while still relaxing and enjoying myself.
I think it's the Greek woman in me.
So while I was making my final check list last night I thought it was entertaining and needed to be shared, heck, maybe you'll learn something.
- Cut grass + edge
- Hang new art in bonus room and bedroom
- Hang lanterns with candles on the pergola
- Put together new bed for the guest bedroom
- Clean, EVERYTHING!
- Make sangria
- Make cheese tortellini pasta salad + get ingredients at grocery
- Set up bar in both kitchen and backyard
- Grocery store, beer, chips, dips, cookies and fruit
- Purchase paper products, cups, plates, plastic wear, napkins
- Pull out serving pieces for food and assign accordingly
- Pick up catered food from Fat Casual BBQ by 12:30pm on Saturday (this is going to be a HUGE help, fyi)
- Set up laptop to flat screen in living room for music and set up Bose ipod doc for outside music
- Get lots and lots of ice for drinks and coolers
- Blow Tony's rival party out. of. the. water.
And to think that's just the list of things that still need to get done, don't even get me started on what's already been done, oy.
But you know what? All this prep makes for a smooth party and then I as the hostess just gets to chug some sangria, eat some BBQ and hangout with my friends and family.
Bring on the holiday weekend, kids!