Last week, I hosted bloggers who came to southern Oregon for 3 days to visit Harry & David. The weather was so fantastic, as you can see by these pictures I’m sharing today, and it was a joy to have my wonderful friends into our home. Read on, as I share about the fabulous pear chalkboard tabletop and all the juicy (sweet) details of how it all came together.
Keeping these 3 dinner party tips in mind, I couldn’t have pulled this big party off all by myself, so I’ve learned to ask for help.
Yes, I was running a bit behind, wrapping up the details, so here are some examples of how it all came together:
Don’t forget to ask for help!
1. I asked my neighbor, Ellie, for help. She cut up all the Granny Smith apples in the dessert and made the topping and the custard sauce for me. Sweet Ellie! I would do the same for her, if she needed my help!
2. My daughter took the photos of the beautiful table and the guests when they arrived. Thank you, Abby! She and my niece also helped set out the NEW cool chalkboard wine glasses.
3. My dear friend, Jessica, came around 3 to help out with odds and end jobs. She helped put together appetizers, went to the store for ice, helped me wipe out our NEW Mikasa chalk board wine glasses, and lots of miscellaneous jobs. LOTS of jobs. Jessica was a lifesaver.
4. Our friends Stephen and Judy came early. I’m glad they did. Judy said she’d never seen me so flustered right before a party. I was indeed.
5. My husband, Paul, is a Rock Star. We’ve been doing this together long enough now, and we know how to pull it all together. He’s in charge of the music, and he does a fabulous job! He’s also a great conversationalist, and makes everyone feel so welcome. (Below, Paul and Judy.)