Holiday Entertaining Tip: Document Your Gathering
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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