We had quite a weekend! In the midst of beginning to home school one of my daughters, we had the privilege of hosting a baby shower for a very special former babysitter, now considered special family friend. Well, truth be known, we claim her and her best friend (also former babysitter) as family. It had been a while since we had a large event at the house. I had forgotten how much I enjoy hosting parties and celebrating life’s special moments! To say we had fun, is truly an understatement. It was all the more fun getting to host with girls just shy of being 20 years younger than myself!
As I planned, I found myself once again searching Pinterest. Not just for shower food ideas and theme decor, but some cute little printable to use for Party Planning. I found several, but in the end, this Second Season Mom decided nothing beats my planner and a legal pad.
I made a list of decor for each area (food table, beverage table, seating area, gift display table, etc…). I then listed the menu, who was to bring it and put recipe locations and grocery items on the back of the trusted yellow legal pad paper. Last, but not least, I listed in the margin next to each item or task what day I would take care of the assignment. Some of these got transferred to my weekly calendar pages, while others just got marked off directly on the legal pad. Some days you just have to do the job. I could have spent many more hours searching all of your incredible sites for the perfect planning pages, but… Tried and true are sometimes best. Most importantly though, what matters most is just getting it done! Purge the mind, trust your list, and then set out to get it done. The day of will always be more enjoyable that way.
I am ready now to begin my holiday planning. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. My girls will have the entire week off. I love the crisp air, beauty of the fall leaves and a holiday that requires little more than some cooking. We are loving our new edition from Ever Thine Home created by Barbara Rainey at Family Life. Being thankful is a state of mind. Being thankful is a by product of living in the moment. We had much to be thankful for this weekend and trust we will continue to express our gratitude through the holiday season.