I’m throwing a garden tea bridal shower on Sunday. Event planning is not new to me, along with being part of my job, I planned my own wedding and several events that go along with it. But I realize that party planning is not natural to some and knowing how focused I’ve been on this weekend’s festivities, I can imagine that for anyone who isn’t a “natural” it could be stressful. Without further ado… Five tips for throwing a party.
1. Stay organized. Have a place for your party supplies, keep an organized guest list for RSVPs (hello Excel!) and write things down when you think of them.
2. Prepare for everyone but expect no shows. Every bride knows that people are not always dependable for RSVPs, either they don’t RSVP or they don’t RSVP through the appropriate channel. (I saw someone RSVP to a wedding on the mother of the bride’s Facebook once.)
3. Plan to be ready to go early. Especially when people are going somewhere unfamiliar, they leave early. Try to have food ready and decorating done at least 30 minutes prior to the event. Once people start showing up, they like to socialize, so it can make set up difficult.
4. Over prepare. For events not at your home, have a bag of things you may not need that includes: Markers, tape, thumbtacks, pens, etc. For this weekend’s shower my in-case bag has tape, extra flowers, ribbon, markers and flats.
5. Enjoy yourself. This should go without saying… but it doesn’t. Even if you aren’t the guest of honor, you should enjoy the even you’re throwing. Not everything will go right, but it won’t be a big deal unless you make it that way. Relax.
Do you have any good even planning tips?
Friday Five: Making Me Happy
There are things that people do/say that I just don’t get. For example:
1. Wearing contacts but being grossed out by someone else putting in or taking out their contacts.
2. Going to the back door the very first time visiting someone’s home. Guests use the front door, if you’re visiting my home and not delivering an appliance, you’re a guest. Also, the front door has a doorbell, the back door doesn’t. There is no line of sight for the back door in my home, so the only reason I know you’re at my house is because I saw your car in my driveway. I’m tempted to leave people out there and see what happens.
3. Saying, “I know” instead of asking. For example, instead of asking if you had a good trip they say, “I know you had a good trip” my question is how do you know I had a good trip? I feel like they are trying to address something without leaving the other person a chance to talk about their own experiences.
4. Leaving the toilet lid up everywhere but at their own homes. If you close it at your home, why not close it everywhere? (My cats have both gotten stuck in the bathtub in the past… an open toilet is a recipe for disaster.)
5. Driving like a moron the moment raindrops start… need I say more?
What human behaviors puzzle you?
1. The short work week has been weird with so many people extended it one way or another for vacations.
2. On Tuesday we celebrated our second wedding anniversary. The past two years have flown by.
3. Apparently wearing my pump on my arm is strange. I had my annual exam this week and when I took off my sweater for the nurse to check my blood pressure, she asks, “What’s on your arm?” Of course I answered that it was my insulin pump and she commented that she’d never seen anyone wear their pumps somewhere other than their stomachs. When my doctor came in she goes, “Hey, you’ve got your pump on your arm!”
4. I missed out on my morning coffee yesterday… There are no other words.
5. I’ve been flying blind for the past week without my Dexcom. Here’s the story: Read the rest of this entry
Holmes and Watson officially turned 1-year-old yesterday. Even though they found their home with us in August this is kind of a big deal, because they are no longer kittens… despite what they may think.
Having pets as an adult is totally different than having pets as a child. When we adopted Holmes and Watson, we were prepared to be responsible for these creatures but there are some lessons I’ve learned along the way.
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Since our names are our identities, I’m amazed that I’m not completely screwed up about who I am. It’s incredibly rare that any paperwork for me is accurate, I’ve come to refer to this as my curse.
At a young age, it was difficult to learn how to spell my name because both my first and last name were often spelled incorrectly and I saw so many different versions of my name that it was tough to keep track. But the curse really started when I was 16 and got my driver’s license. I lived in Massillon. My official identification indicated that I lived in Masssillon. (See the issue?) But it gets better…
1. At our wedding reception, the hall spelled both of our last names wrong on the sign
2. I had to make them redo one section of our home-buying paperwork because they spelled my first name wrong
3. The Board of Elections printed my name wrong in its records so when I went to vote they had to call the board and get approval from them for me to be able to vote
4. My last name was spelled wrong when Brad and I opened our joint bank account (his name was correct though… you know the same name) and my bank card was printed wrong as well
5. I’ve received personal mail with my name spelled “Rachel” on the note inside and “Rachael” on the envelope
Then to put icing on the curse cake, here’s the tag that was on my dress that I just picked up for my friend’s wedding:
I clearly printed my name on the paperwork and the worst part is, it looks like that sticker might have been stuck over top of a sticker that was spelled correctly.
I’ve learned to check things over carefully when official things are involved, but occasionally things slip through the cracks.
Do you have a “curse”?
Things that have made me happy in large and small ways this week…
1. My 75-cent pin. I’ve been thrifting for a project and while I’ve been scouring thrift shops for teacups, I’ve also found myself checking for little treasures… like my 75-cent, key stick pin. When I saw it, I knew it’d be perfect for pinning on scarves.
2. Life’s little bizarre events. Things like the clicker on my pen randomly springing off in the middle of a meeting.
3. This video of the surfing bulldog. A coworker shared it with me this week and it was cute enough to make my husband kind of want a dog.
4. Lint rollers. I keep a lint roller in the bedroom, one near the back door and one in my desk. They’re wonderful inventions that keep me looking put together. I find that I lint roll before I leave for work to catch any stray pet hair. Then I lint roll again before I leave the office to get my own hair off my clothes. Seriously, put one in your Easter basket.
5. Easter. I like Easter, even if it’s still acting like winter Easter screams spring. I love tulips, lilies and daffodils that seem to be making an appearance. I love saving back a pretty dress to wear to Easter church service. It’s a refreshing holiday.
What’s been making you happy lately?
A collection of random thoughts on glucose meters. Enjoy.
1. I’ve called myself a meter hoarder, but I know there are others with a larger collection than me. I have five meters.
2. I get really annoyed when people call blood glucose meters “diabetic meters.” It doesn’t have diabetes, monitor diabetes or require you to have diabetes in order to use it. I’ve
stabbed poked and tested many a non-diabetic with them (at their request of course, I don’t go around randomly checking BGs.
3. I do get confused when people call them “glucometers.” It looks right spelled out, but sounds foreign to me when spoken. When I got my wisdom teeth extracted, the nurse asked if I’d brought my “glucometer” with me or if we should test on the office’s. It took me a solid 10 seconds to realize what she was talking about.
4. I love it when people ask me about meters. My brother called to wish me a happy birthday last week and in the middle of our conversation asked, “What’s a USB meter? What does the USB do?”
5. Why is it that high readings take longer to come up? My meter is super speedy when I’m low or in a good range, but it takes forever to process when I’m 170+. Or maybe it’s just me?
You mean presents? Shortening a word, but not actually shortening it, doesn’t make you appear more intelligent.
See also “punchin” and “pumkin.” These are supposed to be endearing terms for small children, but I can guarantee you, I got called “pumpkin” a lot as a child and never really felt the endearment… so spelling it wrong or hashtagging it won’t really gain you points. Often times it looks more like “punching” or “punking” than pumpkin anyway.
This one is more for Brad than anyone else, someone that he knows mispronounce the word “else” as “elts” (and not due to an accent).
Not that the word isle is annoying, but I never see it used as isle to mean “island.” I see it used almost exclusively to refer to walking down the aisle for a wedding or in the aisle of a store.
“Wife” (as a verb)
I like being a wife, that usage doesn’t bother me, it’s when “wife” is used in the same manner as verbs like “run” or “change.” For instance, “He wifed her” makes my skin crawl. He married her? He proposed to her? I also don’t “wife,” I cook, I clean, I bake, I sew… but those wife-like duties aren’t wifing because people who aren’t wives can do them too.
I get that English can be tough and that people like to show personality in the way that they speak, but often using or misusing words like this can take away from your credibility, readability and even cause people to ignore your messages.
Are there any words that people use or misuse that drive you crazy?