By Glenda Wise
Although this will be my first Halloween in 13 years that I don’t need to plan a party, I thought I would give my readers some pointers from my past experiences.
1) First and foremost. Enjoy the experience. I know you are tired. You’ve worked all down, you’re trying to get your kid to soccer or dance or wherever else they need to go, homework needs to get done and don’t forget about that nightly thing....dinner. Everything seems like another thing to check off your to-do list, but trust me, you will cherish these moments, so enjoy them while you are in them. Don’t just think about getting from point A to point B, think about enjoying the present moment.
2) Set your date and send out the invitations. This not only forces you to commit to an exact date and time, but it makes it real to your child and you.
3) Make your menu. This will help you to know what you need to buy and when. It will also help you with step 4.
4) Do your prep work. I know you are tired, but just plan to do at least one thing a day until the party. This can be as simple as cutting ribbon for the balloons or folding napkins. Just plan a strategy from today to the date of the event. Plus, as I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a small victories kind of girl. I need to make a list and check it off. I’m sort of like Santa...makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice.
5) Cook anything last minute that can’t be prepared ahead of time. Check your serving platters and utensils. If you don’t have adequate of either, plan to purchase or borrow what you need.
6) By the time the day of the party rolls around you should have most everything completed. Of course, you will have the last minute things to get done like vacuuming the cat hair out of the chair and in my case, low and behold some animal will throw-up somewhere. The point to this step, is that most everything is done and you can handle little life emergencies without losing it on your family.
7) Enjoy the party with your little one and take lots of pictures.