Here was my plan for the tea. The reality is listed in red. :)
Two Weeks Before
Decide on Theme-Christmas Done
Invite Guests-MOPS Table Ladies (8) Done
One Week Before
Make Menu Done Two Days Before-Delayed as I was still trying to know who was coming.
Plan Grocery List and Amounts Done Two Days Before
Bake and Freeze Items Done Two Days Before
Two Days Before
Shop for groceries Done the Day Before
Wash and Prep Vegetables Done Morning Of
Bake Breads Done Two Days Before
Day Before Nothing Happened That Day. Everything that got done was done the day of the tea. Sweetheart & I went to the forest to get our Christmas Tree. This, and the challenges of decorating a 17 foot+ tree, took a lot more time than planned.
Bless (Clean) Home Done
Make Scone Mix
Make Sandwich Fillings
Assemble Trifle Skipped Altogether
Morning Of Done
Assemble Sandwiches, Cover with Damp Towels & Refrigerate
Whip Cream Used Cool Whip
Slice Lemons Skipped
Fill Jam Pots
Thirty Minutes Before Done
Check List for Details
Put the Scones in the Oven Note: These turned out so good with the cranberries, spices and orange peel. I'm planning to make some for Christmas!
Take a Few Quiet Moments Alone/Check Appearance
Final 15 minutes Done
Sprinkle Powder Sugar
Put Out Cream & Lemon
Put Out Jam
Put Kettle On
Put Food Out
Why did I list this? Well, I love to plan out events. I believe it makes things go smoother. I wonder sometimes though, why I bother at all. Sometimes I think I might be better off without a plan. While I'd love for everyone to think I have it all together and can do it all perfectly, I can't. I am hoping this will be an encouragement to other ladies to know they are not alone in trying to do something well, but have their plans get demolished. It did all work out and it was a lovely time. I believe the ladies who attended enjoyed their time and the doggie bags of food I sent them home with!
In hindsite, I wish I could be more firm with RSVPs. However, as there were last minute cancellations, I don't think it would have mattered. Maybe I should have cancelled it altogether, but I didn't want to as they said they were looking forward to it. I was as well. I did try to focus on serving them and it was a lot of fun.
The one thing I do know: we cut down too big of a tree. It took so much longer to do that it definitely altered some of the planning as I couldn't do anything at all on Saturday. Hint: if you have to decorate the top of the tree while it's still lying down and before it goes in the stand, it's probably too big. I'd post pictures, but I'm not sure how I'd get the whole thing in. We sure did have fun, though, snowshoeing and picking out the tree. Hauling it back to the truck, not as much fun as it was quite heavy. Having to cut four feet off to get it in the truck, not as much fun, but it did give us branches to decorate with! Still having the tree stick out of the tree by 6 feet+, was probably not the best idea. We did have fun though, really.
I couldn't have done it without my Mother though. She babysat Pumpkin while we went to get the tree, and entertained him while I fought with the lights. She came back on Sunday and did the decorations for the bottom 5 1/2 feet of the tree in between playing with the baby. Thank you Mom!