Clean desk or messy desk? Clearly this is a personal issue, we say with a laugh. An area for improvement to be sure. In a perfect world, we would love to have two clean desks. And we do – for about 5 minutes, once a month. Or, when we have guests coming and our home office has to look presentable. That’s when camouflage cleaning kicks into overdrive. Please don’t get us started about trying to find everything after the massive entertaining and decorating we do over the Christmas holidays. We call it the “January hangover.” Definitely, the feeling of “why did we do all that to ourselves” is a question that haunts us until we can toss, file and re-distribute everything that needs to be put back. As Mrs. Tomlinson’s (Linda’s high school teacher) would say “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Well, it’s a good thought anyway. No promises that we will keep that one fulfilled.
If we were prone to making and keeping New Year’s resolution, keeping a clean desk would be one of them. Right along with winning the HUGE lottery.
But, in the meantime what kind of nugget can we leave you with today that has to do with the topic and dining? Well there is a correlation. Organization and successful dinner parties do go hand-in-hand. It starts with a list or two:
- Who to invite?
- What to serve?
- When to hold the event?
- Where in the house will I seat everyone for cocktails and for dining?
- How do I make this dinner different?
Ideas and tips abound in Which Fork Do I Use? One important page is a detailed Check-off List and a Timeline that will get you started or you can edit it to fit your needs. We love the check-off list. Ever forget to buy ice on the day of the party and it’s going to be 105 degrees? It’s on the list as a reminder. The recent holidays is a good reminder why having a timeline is so important. Putting the recipe for a non-alcoholic punch alongside a beautiful vintage punch bowl and the time for them to make it can be a fun task for the children to do and it is one less thing for the host to remember.
Which Fork Do I Use? will help you to organize your dinner party, but alas, it will not help you keep your desk clean. Sorry. We will leave you with this sentiment: