Party Planning & Stress

Over the weekend, I played party planner and hosted a birthday gathering for two of my best friends, Cat & Nick.

It had been a while since we had more than two people over. The day of, I found myself in a panic after work. I baked a cake. I vacuumed and dusted the entire downstairs. I ran to the store and spent $40 on snacks. I texted the boyfriend frantically, requesting he pick up more beverages, cups and napkins. I worried anxiously that maybe no one would have a good time and never come back to our place again.

What did I learn? That stress like that just isn’t worth it.

The game night birthday celebration began at 8 p.m., and we laughed and talked and joked for hours. Everyone seemed comfortable. People nibbled on the snacks. They drank some of the pop and beer. They may have had to swat a fruit fly or two (there’s an epidemic in this house), but they had a good time. And most importantly, Cat & Nick seemed to have a very pleasant birthday.

In thinking about myself as a party planner, I’ve realized that I almost stress out too much to have a good time. And that just won’t fly. I want to be able to enjoy a party as much as I enjoy putting work toward it. So from now on? I’m going to let the good times roll, and I’m going to leave the stress at the backdoor.

Are you a party planner? What’s your style?

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4 Comments on “Party Planning & Stress”

  1. Brittany
    September 12, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looks like you had everything covered and worried for nothing! Usually when you are in crisis because you think you forgot some huge element of a party you planned, no one else even notices but you. Glad you guys had a good time…Happy Belated Birthday to Cat & Nick!

  2. September 12, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Sounds like a super fun + perfect party! Homemade cake — yes please! I am the party planner type that does most of the work the day before — so the day of I can sit back + enjoy everyone enjoying! Cheers!

  3. September 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I am not a good party planner. I always end up drinking too much and not attending to the food and stuff. Oops.

  4. Cathy
    September 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    I used to really stress over food, gatherings. . . not anymore. Then again, I don’t really host all that many parties. :) But, I firmly believe as I get older it’s all about the quality time you spend with the folks you love. . . AND NOT THE FOOD. and btw, I am going to paint one of my rooms the same color as your dining room. I love that green! (P.S. The spread looks great. Good job!)

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