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Friday, March 6, 2009

Final Stages of Party Planning


I've been in a very blah mood the past couple days and have had trouble mustering the energy or motivation to finish planning my Retro Prom birthday party. But since the party is tomorrow, I haven't had much choice but to go ahead and get shit done.

Here's a list of what I've been able to force myself to accomplish:
  1. Decided on the appetizers: spinach & artichoke dip in a bread bowl, homemade guacamole, and chocolate fondue with pineapple, bananas, strawberries, and pretzels (yes, I realize fondue is a dessert and I'm talking about appetizers but does it really matter?).
  2. Decided on the cocktail: I'm setting up vodka, three different juices (pineapple, cranberry, and orange), and limes, and posting four different drink recipes that can be made from the aforementioned ingredients.
  3. Sewed napkins: Matt and I use cloth napkins for dinner every night, but we don't have enough for 16 guests. I went ahead and used one of my vintage sheets (Option #2) to make 15 new napkins. It was a pain, but I'm glad I did it. We'll be able to use them for future dinner parties, as well.
  4. Decided on decorations: I couldn't resist the Martha Stewart poof balls. They're cheap and easy and they scream "Party time!"
  5. Rented a Party Bus and then canceled it: Seriously, I rented a 15-passenger van for $122 but quickly realized that it wasn't worth that much money for an 8-mile ride. Still, it would've been fun and more ecologically friendly for everyone to carpool together.
  6. Dealt with the awfulness that is my new crinoline: My new crinoline is broken china waiting to happen. Seriously, it's so poofy I can't walk anywhere without knocking something over. I've cut an entire layer off, which definitely helps.
Sorry to sound like such a party pooper. I really am looking forward to the actual event, and I've enjoyed the vast majority of the planning process so far. I've just got other stuff that needs my attention, like the Houston Heights Time Bank (by the way, if you know anyone who lives in the Heights neighborhood in Houston, please direct them to http://heightstimebank.org).

Cross your fingers that my birthday party is a good time!

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings




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6 comments:

Sarah said...

Good luck! It sounds great.

love-v said...

Once everything is set up and you're dolled up you'll have a blast! Planning is never as fun as the party. Have fun dancing!

Ten Thousand Only said...

it's going to be out of this world. i can feel it.

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARA!!!

Color Me Green said...

hope you're having a happy happy birthday!

ChendaBride said...

Hope you're enjoying your day. You've put so much thought into this little celebration. I'm sure it's turned out well. Happy Birthday!

sera said...

Can I just say, that I too love that pic from Martha (even though I shudder when I like something from there because it's usually attached to a frightening price tag). And when I saw it, I thought, I can plan for so much more while I plan this wedding. Every fun idea does not have to be scrapped on the floor because it does not fit into my wedding. I have birthdays and random summer bbqs to plan for...

Happy birthday!!

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