My partner and I had a party last Saturday evening. It went fairly smoothly, but the amount of work involved was more than I had planned for. Between coming up with the guest list, planning the menu, cleaning the house, doing the shopping and preparing the food it was quite an endeavor.
And don't get me started on the guesswork in planning for anywhere from 5 to 35 guests, because people did not reply to the invite, or waited until the day before to let us know one way or the other. Fortunately, we figured about 20 people would show up, which is exactly what happened.
The day of the party we were so discombobulated that we forgot to put the white wine out, and considering it was a wine & cheese party it was a major goof on our part. We just plain forgot. We also forgot to get more than one kind of cheese. I don't know why. We were just overwhelmed with it all. Luckily a few people brought some cheese, and wine too.
I don't know how people manage to throw together parties on a regular basis. We made lists of things to do, and still managed to forget things.
The one thing I will remember for the next party is that if it doesn't get done before the first guest arrives, it doesn't get done at all. It was nearly impossible to work while the guests are needing your attention.
And why does everyone congregate in the kitchen! We have a big comfortable living room right next to it with two sofas and comfy chairs, but 15 out of the 20 people never left the kitchen the entire time they were there!
Ok. That's my vent for today.