For me, the summer of 2007 will forever be remembered as the summer we spent all of our meager two weeks of vacation time attending weddings because Jerry and I have seven -- yes seven -- nuptials to attend.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I'm not sure which, we can only attend five because two conflict with others. There wasn't any particular way we decided one over the other, mostly we just weighed whether the couple was able to attend ours, whether or not I'm in the bridal party, our proximity to the event, and how much we'd have to shell out for lodging, meals, gas, etc.
I think we've finally managed to make hotel reservations for all of the long-distance ones, but the checklist of things to accomplish between then and now is overwhelming.
In fact, it's actually been keeping me up at night -- but not in a bad way. It's more of a "Crap! Did I RSVP to that shower yet?" kind of way. Plus, in keeping with my bridal attendant duties, I'm helping to host a shower for my friend Timberly, who did such an amazing job throwing me a shower two years ago that I'm determined to return the favor. And I'm also hosting a smaller shower for a close friend at work, Jen. This party is in less than two weeks. At my house. Which is a complete mess at the moment. Filled with dust elephants and dog hair.
So, while simultaneously tracking RSVPs and coming up with different games for both showers, I'm also trying to finalize a menu for the party at my house, come up with a workable timeline on how I will get everything done including grocery shopping, making the food, cleaning the house, shopping for the party, decorating ... and taking my daily pregnancy nap, too.
Believe it or not, I'm not complaining. I'm loving every minute of it. Not only does it remind me of the hectic must-get-things-done pace of planning my own wedding, but what better way is there to spend your free time than by sharing momentous memory-making events with your friends? And there's never any better motivation to make your house look its best than inviting people over. (And I need all the incentive I can get these days.)
So, back to my checklist. And if anyone has any to-die-for cookie recipes that aren't too complicated, please feel free to share. I'm trying to round out my dessert party repertoire.