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Holiday Entertaining Tip: Document Your Gathering

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If you’re anything like me, you forget things from year to year (or month to month) if you don’t write them down.  Holiday entertaining tends to be the type of entertaining that happens year after year.  So don’t waste all of that wonderful planning that you did this year that will come in handy for next year’s entertaining!  Write it down and take pictures!  A day or two after your party or gathering, take a moment to write down a list of what worked and what didn’t.  Some things to keep in mind when documenting your gathering:

  • How did you decorate?
  • If you rented anything, what was the cost and where did you get it from?
  • Were there guest favors?  If so, what?
  • What food and beverage was served?
  • Which are recipes were a hit that and you want to use again? Which were ones better left in the past?
  • What was your timeline for getting everything done?  With the party completed, did that timeline work or should it be adjusted?
  • Who did you invite and who came?
  • What were the dietary needs of your guests? Anything new discovered that you didn’t know going into the gathering?
  • Were there any guest personality conflicts that should be noted for future parties?
  • Were there any guest friendships formed that you want to remember for future dinner seating charts?
  • Did anyone bring you a hostess gift?  If so, what?  It’s good to keep track of this so that you don’t show up empty-handed at that guest’s next party.

Keep all of this information in a document on your computer, or in a binder.  Just make sure it is some place that you’ll have access to it the next time you are planning a party.  Keep any pictures of decor, recipes, etc. with the document so everything is all in one place.

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13 comments on “Holiday Entertaining Tip: Document Your Gathering

  1. HannahsCTkitchen
    November 9, 2012

    what a great blog! I’m a sucker for a good table setting and you definitely gave me some good ideas for thanksgiving.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      November 9, 2012

      So glad you enjoy it! Autumn in general is such a fun time for both decorating AND eating!

  2. Cloches & Lavender
    November 9, 2012

    What great ips, I am a sucker for a great table too. They say you eat with your eyes first.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      November 9, 2012

      You really do! In my opinion, having a nice looking table is half the battle in having a great gathering! Makes your guests feel so much more at home and happy! 🙂

  3. mmmarzipan
    November 9, 2012

    what a wonderful idea! 🙂 Thank you!

  4. Home Seasons
    November 9, 2012

    This is a great idea for planning! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Marcella Rousseau
    November 9, 2012

    I am definitely one for writing things down. I’ve got a journal of sorts on my computer AND a hand-written journal in a spiral binder (I have many of them that go back years!) There can never be enough reminders as far as I’m concerned. I even have reminder software that I check every day. The truth is, I need a secretary! lol!

  6. petit4chocolatier
    November 9, 2012

    This is great! I never thought about the personality conflicts, so true!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      November 9, 2012

      I think we always want to feel that all of our friends and family will automatically like each other — but sometimes differences happen. Peoples are peoples. 🙂

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