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A Taste of the Holidays

Holiday Party Checklist

I was forced to give a party last summer. OK, forced is a big word--maybe prompted would be a better way of putting it. It was one of those things. I told everyone that we should all get together at my house before the summer was over and my husband held me to it. I rarely entertain simply because, well, I'm not very good at it. "I can do this!" I cheered myself on.

Then my husband tore down our back deck--one week before the party. And it started raining. Three days before the party my back yard was stacked with nail-filled boards and mud. It was an unbelievable three days, sawing and stacking, trying to clean the house, coordinate the food and get the gardens in order.
To say that the party was disaster is an understatement. I neglected to send directions to half my guests, the barbecue got too hot and became an inferno of flame, causing us search all over for a squirt bottle to keep the meat from incinerating. To top it all off we ran out of chairs. Everyone assured me they had a good time--on their way out the door--an hour and a half after they arrived.

So what to do?

The holidays are coming and I want to give it another try, with a whole new set of friends, of course. I don't know if I can get any of the old friends to come back. What can I do to organize a party that might actually offer the guests and my family a good time?