QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:
- Make meal plans for the week; create grocery list
- Look ahead at your week. Are you spending quality time with family, socializing with friends, but also having a couple quiet nights at home?
- Sweep kitchen and front entryway if needed. I find I can easily complete this task while water heats for my tea in the morning.
- Check on houseplants, watering, pruning and turning as needed.
- Need to sweep any autumn leaves off your driveway, sidewalk, front or back patios?
TODAY'S PROJECT: Dinner Party
Tonight I'm throwing a small dinner party for a few friends. We're watching the first episode of Pan Am, thanks to my DVR. (The aired at 10pm last night, too late for a worknight viewing). I'm serving a themed meal, based on 1960s Pan Am menus.
I've already cleaned my kitchen yesterday, plus gotten cat hair off the breakfast nook furniture. I got the dining table and tablecloth ready, and last night I set out the dishes I'll be using. I couldn't quite set the table yet as my roommate likes to eat breakfast at the table in the morning.
So today all I have to do is grocery shop, make my tomato soup, cook the rest of the meal, then vacuum and sweep at the very last possible minute. (This is a three dog two cat household!)
Three babies under the age of two are attending, so I'll get out a couple of my stored toy baskets with toys appropriate to their age. I only have one high chair, so I'm not sure how their parents will manage the babies' meals.
Because I have a dishwasher, I expect after-dinner cleanup to take only 15 or 20 minutes. Perfect for a school and worknight party!
LOVELY BLOGS: Modern Retro Woman
This fun blog features "Theatrical Thursdays" (vintage commercials and school films, "Midcentury Charm School" (retro beauty and fashion tips), "Friday Finds," and "Retro Wordpower." There are also a huge amount of posts on home economics - cooking, "decorating liveable homes," etiquette, entertaining, and the art of homemaking.
The blogger's name is Dr. Julie-Ann, a special education teacher for 25 years. She is "Trying to live like my grandmother Lois (1908-1979) in a modern world (with a little bit of June Cleaver, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly thrown in, too, for good measure)." I think you'll enjoy her practical and non-preachy advice on homemaking here!
LOVELY HOME: Autumn Table Linens
I'm tempted to pick up a new set of table linens for autumn. My existing set is getting a little ratty, worn and tired looking. I'll throw it out if I do succumb and buy new linens - no need to clutter up my linen closet with old linens that won't likely get used in the future.
LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY: