The Secret To Stress Free Entertaining

Now that Halloween is over and the time has changed we're settling nicely into Fall and looking forward to a bunch of entertaining from now until the end of the year. This weekend we stumbled on our new secret to being prepared and stress free in all matters of entertaining.

Take Care of a Repair and Start Preparing Now!

The secret is that we started getting prepared this weekend. It might not seem like a big deal but we finally went down to the grocery store and rented a rug doctor and cleaned our wall to wall carpet. We've been putting it off for a while but with a light carpet, 2 kids, 2 adults a cat and lots of house guests, the floor had seen better days. Now that it's done we're more excited to have people over because it's clean and inviting. We don't have that nagging voice that groans: oh man, we've got to clean the carpet before we can dare invite people over. It was so helpful that we didn't wait until the last minute because we actually had time to do it right. And because we had to move the furniture out of the way, it gave us a chance to rearrange. Now we have a set up that's more friendly for entertaining.

Without meaning to we got a big repair out of the way which freed up a lot of energy we didn't realize had been tied up. It's one of the first assignments in The Cure and for a reason. When you take care of the big stuff at home when it isn't a crisis, it leaves a lot more time for the fun stuff: planning meals, sending out invites and dreaming up the soirees we'd like to have.

So if you plan to be a calm host this month, do yourself a favor: make a list of the big things that need to happen--do you need to buy extra chairs or repair the chairs you have? Do you need to properly hang that light above the table? Do you have enough plates and glasses? Is the heater working? And get those taken care of now!

How do you prepare for Holiday Entertaining?

(Image: Mark and Marissa's Chic Garden Party)