We belong to a group that takes turns hosting a dinner party every month. Our turn hosting is this Saturday so I have been trying to do a little prep every day to get ready.
As I prepare to have friends over, I start seeing my rooms as my guests see them and then all the little imperfections come to light. But if I don’t get this vision until the day of the party, as sometimes happens, then I feel overwhelmed with little cleaning or decorating details that are tangential to the party.
For example, I have had a dead plant in the living room for a couple of weeks now. It’s totally brown. I could have just taken it out of the room, but that spot needs a plant. So, today, when I was buying flowers for the table, I bought a replacement plant. It looks so much better, of course.
One of my candles in the lanterns on the front step had dead batteries, now replaced. There always various tasks that I will “get to when I have time”, i.e. water rings on the bar, that keep getting put off until I realize I will be embarrassed for others to see my lackadaisical approach to upkeep. I guess I need a party to motivate me to do these little chores. And I am still sweeping Christmas greenery out of the corners.
I created a printable Dinner Party To-Dos (1) that helps me stay organized and on track of the little chores that go with having friends over. I thought you might like it too!