Monday, December 11, 2017

A Day of Party Prepping!

My Sweet Louis Dean helped me prepare for my Cup of Christmas Tea Party tomorrow.
Our yard guy usually arrives at the perfect moment before we give a party.
He didn't make it this time so LD was out there blowing and mowing for a couple of hours. It may have taken a tad bit longer since he ran over the cord and had to stop and repair it!
He's a 'big picture' man and not into the details so the fact of the matter is - there will still be plenty of leaves for our guy to get when he does come. Right now they are in the flower beds and under bushes.
But the grass area is all cleaned up!!

While he worked in front, I worked inside......
baking pumpkin muffins and the fruitcake cookies.

I like sitting in the gazebo so much I carried the cookie sheets out there!
It was in the upper 70's today! Doors open and short sleeves! But I still lit candles for the ambiance!
Thankfully, it's supposed to be at least 20 degrees cooler tomorrow! YES!

Prepping took all day long.
Doing things ahead of time means I will enjoy myself at the party.
I have a game plan!

We will use my Christmas dessert plates but plastic forks.
Paper napkins but real glasses.

I got tangled up with 900 lights around the kitchen pond - 4 sets of 150 net lights and 1 strand of 300 single lights.
Louis Dean did the dirty work of cleaning it out and - believe me - after all the leaves had fallen,, it really was nasty dirty! The lights are now all strung up and shining pretty.
I was a sight struggling underneath the leaves and tangled up with the rose brushes - which snagged my clothes and I had to be rescued by my husband who never said a cross word. I love that about him. If something is important to me - it's important to him. Even if it seems ridiculous.

We nursed our wounds back in the gazebo before getting a second wind and hitting the kitchen.
He scraped and cut up the carrots and celery while I sliced cheeses. He sliced up a ham while I made Jalapeno Popper Bread - at least got it all ready to pop into the oven when my party starts. 

All I have to do tomorrow is bake my cake, vacuum the whole house, Windex, clean HIS bathroom, put together the chicken salad sandwiches and get dressed!Whew! That still sounds like a lot!

The last things to do will be light the candles and put the fireplace DVD on the TV.
It's going to be fun!!


Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Everyone is going to have such a lovely time. When you get time please share. Hugs.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Your party sounds like great fun! I hope you get everything finished and enjoy yourself!

Andrea said...

Can't wait to see pictures of the par-tay! :) And hear all about the good time had by everyone. xxx

Carol said...

It's going to be a beautiful party and lots of fun. Maybe one day I will be in Texas for a Christmas party at your house. LOL! I absolutely love that candle shade with the grapes and wine bottles!!

Kathy said...

Sounds as if you have everything under control. Have fun at your party and show us pictures if you can. I've always wanted to be at one of your Christmas Teas.

Anonymous said...

the best part was when you said,,, all I have to do tomorrow, lol,, oh my gosh,, but what a party,, sounds and looks amazing,, I hope you take lots of time to relax after!!

Arlene G said...

Have a good time today Linda!! I am sure the ladies who attend will be blessed by your hospitality.

Susie said...

Linda, Your party will be fun. You and LD have done plenty of work to get ready for all your company. Maybe you will just relax once the party starts. Blessings to all, love, xoxo, Susie

MadSnapper said...

is your table 'groaning' at night keeping you awake? LOL LOL... all that food and beautiful settings, i know it has to groan once in a while... you are just about ready. have fun... you may need to take a day for R and R

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that likes that fireplace on TV! What a lot of work you got done ahead of time. It's all sounds wonderful and I'm sure you all will have a lovely time. It's bitter cold here with temps in the 20's and the teens. I wouldn't mind a 70 degree day at all. Have a Happy Christmas Tea Day !

Changes in the wind said...

This will be a very special party and all the work will be enjoyed by all.

Carla said...

LD is such a sweet man.What a day. I'm tired after reading all that y'all did. It sounds like it'll be a wonderful party though.

Judy said...

Yes, it will be SO much fun! Looking forward to your 'after-the-party' blog post. You two make a great team!

Vee said...

It’s prolly all over but the shouting now. I love the way you open your home and welcome folks in to celebrate. All that work=a whole lot of joy. Looking forward to reading all about it. ๐ŸŽ„

Pilar said...

Everything looks so fun and festive! I hope you have a wonderful time at your party!

bj said...

Oh, it all looks so pretty and festive...LD sounds like Mr. Sweet...he would help me with anything I had going on...oh, there are no words to tell how I miss him.

Vee said...

You must be recuperating! ๐Ÿ˜ด