Forgive, Forget and Forge Ahead

by on December 28, 2010

As much as I HATE to admit it, I did NOT follow any of my own advise this year on how to entertain effortlessly.

You have NO idea how much it pains me to admit that. I was stressed. I did not present well. Oh, the food might have tasted great or my friends thought I did a wonderful job but deep down inside, I know I did a horrible job.

So now it’s time to take stock of what went wrong and make sure I don’t make the same mistakes again. Hopefully, by doing this openly, you will learn from my mistakes as well.

First, I was lazy.I got in to doing other projects a left zero time for planning or preparation. I think this is in part due to the fact that even when I am doing something at the last minute i have a tendency to pull it off and do it well. That’s great but it has a tendency to be much more stressful. And that is something that none of us needs more of during the holidays.

Second, I did not do my lists of what I was going to make, what I was going to buy and who I was going to do gifts for. As a result, I was totally unprepared. I knew I was not going to get the help I usually get which meant I needed to be even more prepared and what did I do??? I prepare less. Talk about insane!

And, lastly, I did not do that hard work necessary to prepare in advance for it. Usually I start making dishes on the Thursday night before my big party so that the day of the party I am not so stressed. Well instead I watched movies with hubby or emailed and twitter friends. Hence, only half the dishes which I was making were ready when my guests arrived. Now, one of my friends thought it was tapas for Vickie. Which is nice and a cute idea but not exactly how I usually operate.

Now, mind you, the food was great. I sent recipes off to most of my friends but it just wasn’t a 10 in my book. Maybe and 8 for effort and tastiness, but only a 6 or 7 in terms of preparation and care.

Hence, my title, “Forgive, Forget and Forge Ahead.” That is what I am going to do now. Forgive myself for not putting on the perfect 10 Christmas Party which I am useful. Forget about the specifics and but stay focused on what I learned NOT to do in the future and forge on to a great New Years Eve party!

Happy New Year!

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