Monday, August 17, 2009

Frustrated!

We are having people over this Saturday, and I am in over my head! I started out this morning with all good intentions. I was going to fix up the tables and have everything all set up. Easier said than done!

In our day to day life we live casually. We eat in the breakfast room and use the same tablecloth and napkins all the time. When we have company, I get out the good stuff. You know... the big table cloth to fit the table with extra leaves. Coordinating napkins. Serving platters. The whole deal. When we moved here three years ago, we moved from a large four bedroom house to a small ranch. So, I don't have room to put all the stuff we use only occasionally. I have developed clever little places to stash these things between uses. Well, of course, now I can't find them!

I had a huge platter that was always getting in the way. It's a beautiful, antique, flow-blue platter that was too big for the china cabinet. I stashed it somewhere, and now that I have a chance to use it, I can't find it. I had different color napkins to go with different tablecloths and place mats and runners. I remember sorting them very neatly and putting them in a box. Now I can't find the box! I am losing my mind!

5 comments:

Veronica said...

Ha - I do that kind of thing often.

judy in ky said...

Hi Veronica, I'm glad I'm not alone...

Susan said...

Gee ... I never have dinner parties anymore. I'm not much help I'm afraid. How many people, more details please ?? What are you serving ? How about eating and setting up a buffet/barbeque situation in/on your beautiful outside deck room ?? Kind of chic casual - like you were dining alfresco in Italy or France. I'm a huge fan of a big antipasto platter as a help yourself starter. Listen to me go - I "used" to havve dinner parties

Natalie said...

It could be in our garage... everything else is!
Courage!

judy in ky said...

Thanks guys! It's actually a wine tasting that my husband won at an auction at my nieces' school. The wine expert brings the wine. I have to provide cheese and crackers and fruit and other wine-friendly snacks. I am having those in the kitchen/breakfast area so she can line up the wines on the counter. Then, I am setting up coffee and dessert in the dining room. It's much easier than a full-fledged dinner, but I still freak a bit.
I love the idea of outdoors. If it doesn't rain, the people can mingle out there, too.