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That's where I'm at right now. It seems like our social calendar has been pretty full lately and all the entertaining seems to be at our house. Oh I know I do it to myself. But in the last week alone we've had a work colleague for dinner, a houseful of Blue Hats for the weekend and then last night another dinner for Alan's best friend. And this weekend my sister and her husband are coming for a family visit - add another sister and her man and my two stepsons to the mix for a BBQ on Father's Day. It's one busy place.
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Do you ever feel like you can't possibly host another gathering? Do you feel like you can't come up with something wonderful to serve your guests AGAIN? Do you ever feel like you can't possibly muster up the energy to be "on" all the time when you're entertaining?
Well folks, that's how I'm feeling this morning. So you ask, what am I going to do about it to get myself out of this state of mind? Especially since we have a big weekend coming up. My brother-in-law has NEVER been to my house and he's been part of the family for 30+ years. In fact, this is his first visit to Ontario since 1977. So I do want to make it a special visit for them.
Here's how I plan of bringing myself back into hostess mode:
1) I'm stepping away from the preparations today. I'm going to spend some time doing what I want to do to re-energize: some gardening, a walk this morning, some retail therapy and maybe a pedicure.
2) Since the house is clean and organized from last weekend's guests, I'm just going to quickly vacuum and dust and put fresh sheets on the bed in Helen's room.
3) Keep it simple food wise - no big fancy desserts, no fussy appetizers. I'm sticking to tried and true - steaks on the BBQ tomorrow night, maybe a lemon meringue pie for dessert. Something I know I can easily do.
Because there's people here all weekend and we have a big family gathering for my Dad's 80th birthday on Saturday, I think we'll head out for breakfast Saturday morning to the local diner. Sunday will be baked French toast - something I can just pop in the oven and forget about while I fry up some bacon and cut up some fruit.
4) Ask for help. For Sunday's BBQ, it's hamburgers on the grill. But my sister will bring a potato salad and get my house guests involved in the set-up. After all, I don't have to be a superhero and do it all myself.
Last weekend's Blue Hat visit went so well because there was lots of unstructured time where we just sat back and enjoyed the surroundings and each other's company. This weekend will be the same if I can take a step back and remember that it's all about the time together. That's what makes memories.
Okay, I feel better just writing this. Putting my emotions into words feels cathartic in a way. And after all, we have a two and a half week respite until the next bunch arrive the first week of July.