A few years ago I started making “Party Resolutions.” It is a pretty basic process but I take 30 minutes to look at a calendar with some of the big parties I intended to throw for the whole year. I list out the significant events like birthdays and holidays and then made a list of the parties I want to throw. I even choose potential dates of the parties and mark the dates the invitations needed to be sent out by. I am so surprised by how much this helps me feel on top of things. Those early Christmas Party invitations need to go out by mid-November and they always catch me off guard. Even if a party is going to be small and laid back if I figure out the big deadlines in advance I don’t lose track of it. The other nice thing was if my schedule is feeling really busy and there is no way to get out invitations by my deadline I give myself permission to not throw a big party instead of feeling stressed out and trying to figure other ways to make it work.
What about you, do you ever set goals for entertaining? One year my goal was to have one dinner party a month!
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