By Sandy Coughlin
Oregon author, blogger, entertainer
Through my 31-Days to Stress-Free Entertaining series, one reader had a good point when she asked me if there is a â€śgood timeâ€ť to have a party?
With the holidays here now, people are really busy. I know, because weâ€™ve had a hard time getting some dates on the calendar with our friends.
For a group event, do you just pick a date, and then pray that everyone can make it?
Dinner Dates â€“ one family
Choosing a dinner date for one family is easy. Pick 3 dates that work for you, and then give the family the options and let them pick what works for them.
Dinner Dates â€“ several families
Again, pick several dates that work for you. It may take several emails or calls to nail down â€śthe date,â€ť but most the time it all comes together.
Party Dates â€“ event for many
Iâ€™ve chosen a date, and then verified with a handful of people, asking if they could make it. Once I knew that it worked for a few people, I go ahead with the additional invitations. Some will make it, some wonâ€™t. Itâ€™s hard to find a date that works for everyone when youâ€™re hosting a larger group.
I recently had a dinner party at my house that required that I know the exact attendance. I sent out an email early, with the date, and then later with all of the details. I heard back within days from those who would be attending and it all worked out beautifully.
Itâ€™s time to start thinking and planning, if you havenâ€™t already.
Besides Thanksgiving, will you be hosting any dinners or parties in the next couple of months?
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