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 and 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, you forget what you did before, people change, new people come into the family and it’s a whole new ballgame.
After everyone had gone home, as I was cleaning up and putting away, I thought about how it all went. For me, that led to thoughts of, “next year I will do this differently, or do that exactly the same”. I have to keep a notebook for these thoughts, because if I don’t write it down, it’s gone forever. I’m so proud of myself when I actually do these organized things.
My notebook is a 3 ring binder I bought at TJ Maxx. I like binders since you can add to them in any order you like. I add a couple of dividers with pockets so that I can add articles that are relevant to entertaining.
And I make dividers.
And then I type up a “report” which can have bullets, like “make gumbo on Christmas eve”. It doesn’t have to be typed though. It can be a sheet of paper torn out of a composition book. Put the date at the top, then just jot down what went well and what needs improving. Trust me, you will thank yourself next year.
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.
You’ll have everyone wondering how you stay on your game so consistently.
Hopefully, this gives you that little push to start your own entertaining notebook!