Happy Monday my little chickadee’s. It’s time for our Week In Review, but I want to flip the script today, and since it’s my blog, I’m going for it. I’m still going to share with you some lists and things I accomplished in the last week, but instead of giving you everything, we’re going to hone in on one particular little item. You see, I along with one other lovely lady, hosted a baby shower on Sunday. I could go all baby, baby, baby on you, but that’s really not my thing, so instead you’re going to get a glimpse into the behind the scenes planning of said baby shower. We’ll forego the cutesy little outfits and awkward party games and jump right into the depths of my inner psyche, as I share with you my need to plan things down to the Nth degree (some may say control; I prefer the word plan).
By the way, if you thought I was crazy before, well you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Along with being a list lover, I’m a planner. In my mind, the two go hand in hand, so the idea of throwing a baby shower at my pad (I so don’t live in a New York City loftish apartment, but I always wanted to talk about my pad because it throws off a hip and cool vibe, two things I definitely embody)…Where was I? Ah yes, the idea of hosting a soirée of any kind allows me to revel in a world of lists and strategic calculations. Excellent.
For this shower, I had no fewer than five running lists at any given time, all which require careful planning and in some very delicate cases, cooperation since I had lists hinged upon lists. I get goose bumps just thinking about it.
Let’s talk about them, or better yet, let’s list them:
- The Menu (Dun, Dun, Dun)
- The Ingredients (needed to created everything on said menu (see above)).
- The Grocery Store List (needed to encompass the ingredients, plus regular food in case the Hubby and I want to eat past Sunday)
- Things To Do The Week Of The Party
- Things To Do The Day Before The Party
- Things To Do The Day Of The Party
It’s invigorating isn’t it? Don’t answer that.
The Menu was easy since the party was Cinco De Mayo themed. We had oodles of tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa, stuffed jalapeno, and for the main course, chicken and/or veggie fajita and a quinoa and corn salad, which we washed down with Tequilla Strawberry Lemonade (and a virgin version for the new mommy to be). Dessert was something I like to call The Mexican Cheesecake Ole. It was a spin-off recipe, and it turned out ridiculously good. Like people wanted the recipe good, but since it had a boat load of butter and sugar, I’m not at all surprised.
The Ingredients and the Grocery Store lists are pretty self-explanatory, so moving on…
Things To Do The Week Of The Party gets a little more interesting (in my mind anyway), so let’s switch back to bullet points.
- Create a Mexican themed playlist, until in a stroke of genius, you realize your cable service has music channels and lo and behold, there is a Mexican themed music station. Score.
- Work on party decorations, which loosely translates to tracing and cutting chili peppers out of construction paper and then switching to sombreros when you realize the chili peppers look like giant curved man parts; wholly inappropriate for a baby shower…except it’s going to be a boy, so maybe…
Side note: I failed to do this item earlier in the week and instead saved it for the morning of the party, so I said screw it and opted to stick all inappropriate decorations on the wall.
- Order balloons because nothing says baby shower like Fiesta balloons.
- Confirm date and time with the masseuse. Yep, you read right; instead of take away gifts, I like to give my guests a private twelve-minute chair massage because that’s how I roll.
Things To Do The Day Before The Party
- Fine tune The Ingredients and The Grocery Store Lists.
This is me fine tuning, in my sweat pants on Saturday morning, while sitting in a sun patch and sipping on beet juice. Mmm, beet juice.
- Watch the Hubby’s softball game, which has nothing to do with party planning. I just thought I’d sneak that in there.
- Go to the liquor store and buy booze. I’ll have you know, I was the only person at the liquor store toting a recyclable bag and despite whipping out my environmental friendly sack, the cashier still put my bottle in brown paper. Don’t worry I gave it back; they will not thwart my greenness.
- Go to the grocery store (Nature’s Bin) and buy all the food or at least the items on my Grocery Store list.
- Pick up party balloons. Ole. I used this joke already. I don’t care.
- Make guacamole, tomato salsa, quinoa and corn salad (excluding the green onions for the time being). Wash hands repeatedly until skin is like a lizard.
- Prep the strawberry concoction for Tequilla lemonade; overnight soakage was required. Pat self on back for reading that far through the recipe to know overnight soakage was required.
- Crash for the night; hard.
Things To Do The Day Of The Party
- Begin day by consuming mass amounts of coffee.
- Affix party decorations to the walls.
- Cut flowers from the yard for party ambiance.
- Vacuum anything and everything in sight, including the Hubby and felines should they stay still for too long.
- Realize you have purchased the wrong base ingredient for the dessert and call Da in a panic, only to be told, “I’m not sure that’s going to work,” before being given advice on how to Make It Work. Tim Gunn ain’t got nothing on my Da.
- Change hand towels in first floor bathroom. Get spare set ready because nobody likes to be the one using a damp hand towel three hours into the party. Also, stock bathroom with toilet paper because nobody likes to be the one who runs out and pregnant women pee a lot.
- Take out the trash and compost so we don’t look like heathens.
- Fill ginormous picture with ice, water, lemons and cucumber.
- Finish making Strawberry Tequilla Lemonade, which requires juicing fifteen lemons. Curse repeatedly for not having done this step the day before.
- Make spin-off dessert and decide to name it The Mexican Cheesecake.
- Chop up green onions and add same to the quinoa and corn salad.
- Remove dead chipmunk brought into the house moments before the party, by one of the felines, again so we don’t look like heathens. Disinfect the area.
- Shower, get dressed and make self presentable. Pretend everything was achieved effortlessly.
Before I conclude, I must give a special shout out to my fellow hostess Jen and also to the Hubby who made about half the above items possible. We would have been flowerless, sitting in a den of filth (or at least cat hair and dead chipmunks), and drinking nothing but booze if it weren’t for him. God bless the Hubby.
Alright enough about me. I want to hear from you. What amazing or mundane things did you accomplish in the past week. Do you go to similar lengths when party planning? Please tell me this level of preparation and list making is normal…