So, if I do say so myself, my party last night was fantastic. Everybody seemed to have an excellent time, and what’s better, I had an excellent time.
I’ve never been a person to throw parties. I’m a person to go to parties, or I’m a person to go to a bar instead of throwing a party, but parties? Not something I’ve ever had much desire to undertake. Now, one reason for this is that I’ve been to a lot of crappy parties. And the only thing worse than going to a crappy party is throwing a crappy party. Another reason is that I never really had a living space that was appropriate for parties, if that makes any sense. Now, I know people who’ve thrown parties in spaces like the ones I’ve lived in, so it’s not about size or type… It’s just my living spaces haven’t felt very party-like to me.
My house, though, appears to have been designed for parties. It just felt right to have all the people. And, it turns out, I’m sort of a natural hostess I think. I was totally relaxed with having all the people in my house, and I didn’t feel anxious about anything at all once they’d arrived. I had done a really good job of planning ahead, so for the most part I was just able to attend the party, although it did feel a little intense trying to make sure I got to talk to everyone and make sure that everyone was having a good time. One thing that worked very well was that I had all of the different food and drink set up so that people were forced to move from one place to another throughout the party – they really couldn’t just stay in one spot. Which meant that people really were mixing and mingling, much in the way of the Jingle Bell Rock.
So anyway, I think that I’m going to do a party in December every year. It got me into the holiday spirit, and I really liked doing it. And, now that I have done it once, it will get easier and easier to do the more times I do it! (So, for example, I’d make only about half as much food the next time, though it’s not really a big deal that I made as much as I did, given the fact that nearly all of it is stuff I can use in other ways and freeze and stuff.)
I also think that I’m going to do a party once a year in the nice weather, when I can invite more people and use the outdoor spaces of my deck and porch a bit more, which would mean that I can invite more people than just my colleagues.
Anyway, so yes. That is the tale of my party. It began around 7, ended around midnight, and it was really, really fun. That said, today I’ve been useless – having a party is exhausting!