And Happy 150th Birthday Canada!
I hope you all are enjoying your holiday weekend! We are having everyone over for the holiday which means 21 people total. That’s a lot of people in one backyard! I know it can be a stressful time having friends and family come over so I wanted to share some of my top party planning tips.
First things first
Any good leader knows that in order to get stuff done you need to delegate. And honey you are a good leader. My favorite way to delegate is to organize a pot luck. For instance this year we are hosting so we are providing hamburger patties and hotdogs. I then made a list of everything else we need and sent it out to guest list. On the list are things like condiments, buns, drinks, desserts, plates, and utensils. Once these basics are covered people can just bring whatever they want. This also helps keep your budget and sanity in check.
You might be thinking, Chelsea it’s the day before the 4th, how the hell do I plan this late in the game, but I promise you can do it! I like to break things down into components, i.e. cleaning, decorating, and prep. Put these and whatever other titles are appropriate at the top of a sheet of paper. Then write every single thing you want/need to get done under each one. Don’t worry if the list seems daunting, part B will take care of that!
Now I need you to either get 3 different colored markers (like these sharpies) or decide on 3 different symbols (1,2,3 work just fine). Your categories are going to be need to do, want to do, and can be skipped. Now just go through your list and mark everything with a category. If it is something that needs to be done the night before, mark it, I like to use NB (night before) for this.
Now work through your list starting with the things you need to do. Turn on some music and work it out! you will see that the need to do list isn’t as long as you originally thought. Focus on areas guests will see and shut the doors on the rest (I give you permission)! Stick to simple decorations and just put the focus on the food and people. I like to make sure what people will see on their way to the bathroom is cleaned up. Other than that there isn’t a whole lot to do. Congratulations you are done! Now go..
..Party it up!!!
Go enjoy the fruits of your labor! Remember to be safe, don’t drink and drive, and if you are around water keep an eye on each other. Have a happy holiday and relax.