Hardly Perfect Hostesses

7 girls learning to make life beautiful…

Hipsters and Dollies October 11, 2010

Filed under: Planning,Uncategorized — sarahfairah @ 10:13 am

What a night: our 1950s cocktail party was a blast! We drank tasty mocktails, feasted on delicious hors d’oeuvres, played “parlor room” games, and enjoyed the company of friends.  The atmosphere was classy, thanks to our back patio decor, authentic dinnerware, and our guests and hostesses who looked smashing in their era clothes!  Overall, this night was a success, but it would have been impossible without two hostessing essentials: preparation and delegation.

Preparation: My mom played a huge role in planning for this party, but the most important and useful thing she taught me was to create a control binder of all the information needed for the event.  With tabs like “recipes”, “mocktails”, and “1950s slang words”, everything I needed was all in one place and made the night and preceding day much less stressful!

Delegation: As much as you can prepare, when it comes down to D-day you will not be able to throw such a party all by yourself.  Luckily I have some amazing friends who make delegating tasks easy.  A few of the hostesses came several hours early to help and even stayed after all the guests had left to start tackling the disaster left behind.  Josue (one of our guests) also kindly manned the mocktail bar and impressed us with his skills, while Anna brought the 50s jazz music, and Jessica Lee led us in games like “fishbowl” (charades taken to the next level) and “four on a couch”.  I experienced first hand that you can’t throw an amazing party by yourself (while keeping our sanity at least), so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

I used a “control binder” to organize the details and several extra hands to accomplish what I could not.  What about you?  Do you have an organizational system that helps you carry out events or even your day to day life?

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Planning For Paris September 24, 2010

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The anticipation of this blog has been so sweet for me, yet so drawn out.  It’s taken 6 months for things to finally begin rolling, and I’m so excited that the time for my party is here at last.  I remember sitting with SarahFairah in my car last spring, discussing possible party themes.  We talked about Western parties, tea parties, autumn parties (which may yet come to pass) and were so anxious to start.  This fall, we sat in her room and flipped through the pages of her Fashion book, planning for her theme (a secret I won’t spoil) and trying to come up with mine.  After much thought, my party will be a Parisian Picnic!  On Sunday at 2 P.M., the wait is officially over.  I will keep you posted. 🙂

 

This will be us tomorrow!!! September 10, 2010

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In The Beginning… August 20, 2010

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Written by AmicitaLuisa, SarahFairah and LisieMarie while eating a meal of fresh tostadas with lime-cilantro rice, ground turkey taco meat, chopped tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, cheese and mango-lime salsa.  This was followed by a simply fabulous dessert of homemade whipped cream and berries.

Once upon a time, 7 single women gathered on Valentine’s Day.  The night was filled beauty, encouragement, food and, well, love.  We cooked rosemary lemon chicken, asparagus, and cheesy garlic mashed potatoes.  Both lemon and pomegranate italian soda complimented the dinner, while a dessert of rocky road sauce over chocolate frozen yogurt topped it off perfectly.  Our attire for the night exemplified the beauty inside each of us and our unique personalities.  AnnaBananaBread wove our hair into braids and SarahFairah led us in creating the atmosphere of the room, worthy of a Valentine’s Day date. After the meal there was a photo shoot where we modeled with increasing confidence in ourselves.  We then circled on the floor and took turns sitting in the hot seat and receiving encouragement from every one of our closest friends.  We allowed one another to smile when being complimented, exchanged bear hugs and recognized the depth of each friendship and soul in the room.

It was this night that showed us how much we love both one another and every aspect of hostessing, spurning the idea of themed dinner parties, rotating the hostess and blogging about the process.  Every woman who has become a part of this blog is learning about presenting herself to the world in confidence.  This blog is about that journey.  The journey through fashion, in allowing ourselves to shine and being well put together.  The journey through cooking, and loving others through delicious food.  The journey of creating an atmosphere, whether for a home or a party.  The journey of friendship and enjoying one another’s presence.  The journey of becoming women.  The journey of making life beautiful.