I’ve had a busy week. I had a graduation party for my son on Saturday, Father’s Day on Sunday, painting picture frames and staking beans on Monday…..Wow, I can’t remember what I did on Tuesday. It must not have been anything fun. Wednesday, I did the Market in the Park. And that’s just the fun stuff!
That was a really mixed bag of successes and not so successes. (I know that’s completely improper, but it works for me.) We had a really nice day for the graduation party, which is lucky because it was at a park. The temp was in the low 80’s F with a nice breeze and the sun was shining brightly. I had a plan all worked out in my head for getting everything set up and decorated and having a very enjoyable party. Luckily, I’m used to myself so when things started going south (Why does that have a bad connotation? I love the south.) I adapted and made the best of it……with only a few tears and tantrums. I got a lot of practice with deep breathing exercises and my husband was great through it all. I guess he’s used to me too.
It turned out to be a really nice party and everyone enjoyed themselves and the food. If you’ve ever had Portillo’s beef sandwiches, you will know that the food was excellent despite my misunderstanding of how I would receive it. (Not Portillo’s fault) No one had to know that when I picked up the food from the caterer, it was cold. Some was even partially frozen. The pans that the mostaccioli was in didn’t fit in my oven. The beef for the sandwiches came in 1lb. packages and the juice for the beef was in plastic tubs…..frozen. I had to heat everything at home and transport it to the park. I had to buy aluminum pans to put the beef in for the chafing racks to keep them warm at the party. That was another ordeal by itself! Two trips to the butcher shop later, everything was looking up.
I completely abandoned the fishing theme decorations. They would have been really cool, but not worth it in the long run. The Grad got a lot of brand new and some used fishing tackle out of it though. I used camouflage fabric for tablecloths on the tables for his diploma and cakes and had a cork board with index cards and markers for people to leave notes for the graduate. It was really fun to see the funny words of wisdom that he received. (Most of it not appropriate for this blog) I completely forgot to make a box for his cards, but we adapted and it turned out fine.
After all was said and done, we realized that a lot of friends and some family didn’t show. There were many reasons, we found out, why people didn’t show, but the one that bothers us the most is how many people never received their invitations….which I mailed 3 weeks in advance. After the party, I got two returned for bad addresses and some people got theirs the day of the party. Why or how did the mail service screw up so badly? Very frustrating. But, like I said, it turned out to be a really great party and, most importantly, the graduate enjoyed himself.
Well, that turned out to be more of a story than I thought so I guess I have leftovers to blog about tomorrow.
Have a Creative Day!