Party Planning and Getting Stir Crazy

I’ve been doing this weird thing lately.  It’s still the beginning of February, and I’m planning our 4th of July party.  I know, I’m totally insane, but I really, REALLY need the warm weather to stay and continue.  I know that Massachusetts is getting pummeled with snow, and I know we have snow in our forecast – but it’s just been SO NICE in Colorado lately.  Sunny.  Like it’s supposed to be.  And warm (most of the time) like it’s supposed to be!  We went through months of dreary, overcast weather and I can’t go back.  I won’t go back!

I’m clearly really dependant on the weather.

Because of the sun and warmth, I’ve been more productive lately than I’ve been in months and my mood is better.  So naturally I’m trying to keep it going by planning our 4th of July party.

I only do one or two parties a year, because I really go all out.  I don’t like people to be bored.  I don’t want people to feel left out.  It’s an experience.  I spend a lot of time and money on parties.  I’m not sure why, but it’s just something that I really love doing, and doing one in the summer is the best.  Our back yard will be [mostly] done by May, so we want to get the most out of it.  We’ve already earmarked lawn games to purchase, and right now we’re debating what kind of hammock to get, or whether or not we should wait until the back patio is done.  We even have a babysitter for one of our dogs that doesn’t like parties.  Yeah, we’ve got all the problems, as you can see.

To be fair (to me), planning a party several months in advance isn’t the worst thing.  Usually, I never give myself enough time.  That’s why our Halloween party never happened last year.  I go big or go home, and I had to go home for Halloween.

I definitely need to spend more time outdoors.

Until next time.

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Halloween and Parties!

I’m starting to feel a little bit like myself again, as in, my anxiety is fading a bit and I’m more inclined to be motivated to do things again.  Last week was just too stressful.

I know I must be feeling better, because I just spent 30 minutes on Pinterest looking at the Halloween boards (and obsessively pinning).  I know, I know, Halloween is MONTHS away.  But you have no idea how serious we take Halloween.  It’s our favorite holiday.  We spend the most time on it.  And we get super excited about it 6 months before it even comes.  If you’d ever like to meet an adult that get more enjoyment out of Halloween than any child, well, hello there.

The reason Halloween is on my mind today is because I’m planning my husband’s birthday party for the end of the month.  Despite the fact I’m an introvert, I actually LOVE throwing parties.  I don’t like having parties on MY behalf (ie, I hate having a birthday party for me) but I love throwing them.  I take them seriously, plan games, stage everything, and make sure everyone has fun.  I try to come up with at least one or two cute appetizers and food presentation is just as important as how it tastes.  I believe throwing a party in which people just stand around in clicks drinking is an atrocity!  I’m kidding, of course.  Those can be fun with awesome people.

But party planning is an art for me.  That’s probably why I don’t do it super often.  We didn’t have any parties this last year, but that was more out of stress and having so many house renovations going on.  When we had a break, we just wanted to get away, not entertain.  I hope by next year, that will change.

Next month we’re also going to be working on the main living area.  We will be refinishing the furniture and putting up framed pictures and art, so it looks lived in.  We are the weirdest couple ever.  There are absolutely NO pictures of us anywhere in the house.  I swear to god we love each other and use cameras, we’re just… bad at framing things?  And I decided to be weird and hang up wall art that was left in the house when we bought it – pictures of escalators in Cuba, and Cuban advertisement art.

Of course, I’ll be posting updates, and “soft” tutorials on my progress.  That includes party/holiday stuff!

Until next time.