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30 April 2010 @ 11:06 pm
It's my sweetie's birthday, and in honor of this v. important event we're having a wee gathering tomorrow. It's mostly family and a few friends (including Don's D&D crew). Now, I tend to go a bit overboard when entertaining. Given our time constraints, I made every effort to scale things back.

Even so, I find I'm nowhere NEAR ready for tomorrow. As an added bit o' stress, I'm teaching the later kickboxing class. I won't be home until 11 a.m., and people will start arriving around 2.

Here's what I've already done, following a morning-to-early-afternoon outing with my dearest:

~thoroughly cleaned the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room and part of the bedroom
~made 5+ lbs. of potato salad (and I'm still worried it won't be enough)
~made marinade for the shrimp
~prepped the veggies for cole slaw
~made the balsamic dressing for the cole slaw (and I'm still worried it won't be enough)
~made a ranch dressing for the crudites, 'cause the stuff in the store is sort of meh
~cut up most of the crudites
~made a carrot cake, 'cause not everyone likes chocolate cake
~made a chocolate cake, 'cause not everyone likes carrot cake
~made the base for cinnamon ice cream (I'm going to have to buy vanilla and chocolate, as I am neither organized nor awesome enough to have made those from scratch as well)

Here's what I still need to do:

~teach a 9:15 cardio kickboxing class, clean/lock up the gym
~plant at least one window box and one large pot for the patio (I have the flowers; I just need TIME!)
~buy wine
~buy ice
~chop up the remainder of the crudites
~chop up veggies for burgers
~make guacamole for burgers
~thaw/marinate shrimp
~tidy up the bedroom
~give my office a quick cleaning
~process the cinnamon ice cream and give it time to firm up
~make cream cheese frosting
~frost carrot cake
~make chocolate buttercream frosting
~frost chocolate cake
~wash all the dirty bowls/whisks/beater blades, then put them away

I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple of dozen things. I'm not entirely sure how many people are coming, nor exactly who is bringing what. I'm rather pathetically worried I won't have enough food for everyone, and that I will be judged harshly because I bought salsa rather than make it from scratch.

In my head, I'm a brilliant hostess. In reality, not so much.

Ah, well. I'll just make sure there's plenty of beer and wine and hope all the mistakes and missteps go mostly unnoticed.
(no subject) - awomanthatsblue on May 1st, 2010 03:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
Cattomincloset on May 1st, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
5 pounds of potato salad? I think my ass just grew vicariously.
Love to the birthday boy, you, and anyone else relevant! Wish I could be there - maybe by next birthday, my perma-date will be more of a party girl.
formerlyfbformerlyfb on May 1st, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
In reality that is all pretty awesome.
Blaidd Drwgfairyrune on May 2nd, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Uh, dude? You ARE a brilliant hostess in real life. Just so's ya know.
Jgrigoricennui on May 2nd, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Total Hootenany. Everything was wonderful.
Thank You!

Janetgoodnite_gracee on May 4th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
It was an amazing time and the food was awesome! Thanks for having us!