Chili Fest was a success -- lots of people, some leftover chili for the freezer, cool and crisp weather. I love the way we can invite friends from several different "circles" and they mingle and talk and discover their own connections. That whole "6 degrees of separation" thing really happens!
I do a lot of prep work for parties, but then I'm sort of a space-case hostess once things get going. I had extra plates, utensils, etc in the back room but never checked to see whether things were running out. Forgot to have trash and recycling containers around. Put candles on the table but never lit them... and Al isn't any more attentive than I am. Luckily a lot of our friends know us well enough to know that they can find things, take the garbage out, and raid the refrigerator without us getting upset!
By contrast, last night we went to a NYE party at the home of some old neighbors; they have a party every year, and it's only a mile away, and they make incredible jambalaya and bread pudding! And -- they are professional caterers, so they're always running around making sure that there's food, silverware, champagne... and still manage to talk to everyone. Quite an achievement!
I'm not much for resolutions, but I do have a few things on my mind for 2008:
- quiltwise, I'd like to finish up some of the many unquilted tops in my closet, and improve my free-motion skills in the process.
- I finally joined a local gym recently, and I'd like to get there at least 3 times a week.
- I'd like to entertain more than once a year! Al and I talked a few months ago about trying to have a small dinner party once each quarter... we had one, and it was a lot of fun. So we need to keep that momentum going.