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    What you learned and will do diffrent for your party in 2018
    Not in the same league as you amazing party people, as my "party" is usually just me and my husband, and sometimes my mother-in-law, but I felt these tips might be useful anyhoo:

    Tip 1) Be more generous than I think with how long something is going to take me. I used to end up stressed in the last hour or two, running around like the proverbial headless chicken and scrapping plans left and right because there wasn't enough time. Now I budget generously and, at least at my last party, I made it with time to spare. What a delicious relief that was!

    Tip 2) Enjoy the preparation time, not just the party! This was a revelation to me. My mother-in-law loves to be involved in ANY kind of prep, she is just a born helper. Well, for my Sherwood Forest party I made meringue mushrooms, and she popped in a few hours early, while I was making them. Normally, I would stress and say come back later, I'm not ready. Instead, with her help, the pre-party started. She helped me assemble mushroom caps and stems, we giggled, we got chocolate all over everything, and really had a blast! Plus, the mushrooms turned out really great! These are the moments, people, this is life. Don't let it pass you by!

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    Delegate if you can and give them a checklist otherwise things will be overlooked. I agree with Stinkerbell n Frog Prince - guests won't generally know what is missing. Have fun and enjoy the party you work so hard on hosting

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    Don't go overboard with lots of hard to make foods. People are fine with easy party foods like punch, chips and a hearty dip. Just toss some decor around it. Have guests bring a food dish or a pumpkin to carve for a contest. You just have to provide the 'award'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodward55 View Post
    I agree with Stinkerbell n Frog Prince - guests won't generally know what is missing.
    This, times 10!!

    It goes for decorating & parties for ANY holiday but especially the ones we love & like to go big for. Whether that's Easter, Halloween, Christmas or the 4th of July.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HalloCat View Post
    Don't go overboard with lots of hard to make foods. People are fine with easy party foods like punch, chips and a hearty dip. Just toss some decor around it. Have guests bring a food dish or a pumpkin to carve for a contest. You just have to provide the 'award'.
    oh my lord yes. we've stressed for years to do all the cutesy halloweeen-related food, and nobody cares one little bit. they want stuff to eat and drink and they don't care if there's a cheese ball looks like a brain, or if the regular old red punch is called witch's brew or whatever. even the people who bring food or drink as part of the contest don't really go into any halloween theme, mostly.

    that doesn't mean it can't be fun to do some of that stuff, just that it's not worth stressing over trying to make everything themed.

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