Since Tom and I are empty nesters, we love it when the family comes home for Christmas. Our three children live near us, but they (and the spouses of the two that are married) come stay at the house for a few days over Christmas. It’s so much fun to have everyone under one roof.
As we all know, there are logistics to having 5 extra people for meals over a 3 day period. I am a sporadically organized person so events like this get me motivated. I don’t want to miss out on the games and conversation because I am stuck in the kitchen! So I did a lot of meal planning and shopping for snacks. And it mostly worked out, but there is always room for improvement. I know, you might think because my children are grown and I’ve done this for decades that I would have it down. But, it’s easy to forget what worked and what didn’t, people change, new people come into the family and it’s a whole new ballgame.
The best solution I have found for staying on top of my event planning is to use a binder-style notebook to keep all of my thoughts, ideas, recipes and inspiration in one place.
My notebook is a 3 ring binder I bought at TJ Maxx. I like binders because there is a lot of flexibility: you can add and detract, move things around easily, make notes. They are very customizable.
I added the dividers and tabs I knew I would need.
Also, dividers with pockets are convenient for easily adding articles or recipes that I want to save.
Sometimes I even get energetic enough to type up my menu. It is helpful to make notes after an event about the recipes that were most popular, those that were less so, maybe something you should have made more of, anything you want to remember for your next party. This way you are not starting from scratch every time you have a party.
With a big notebook like mine, you can have so many sections besides holidays. There’s room for dinner parties, birthday parties, houseguests checklists, practically anything event wise. And it’s so easy to personalize to fit your life. I refer to mine again and again.
You’ll have everyone wondering how you stay on your game so consistently.
Do you have any tips to share on how you stay organized for your events?