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Planning a party from your sofa

There is always time for tea and cakeI love a good party.  I love bringing people together over good food and drink (not necessarily alcoholic) for fun times.  Spending time with friends and family is so very special.  I also enjoy the idea of inviting random people who have come into my life, and made it better.  Seeing people meet and make connections just makes a party pop!

Well, I have a reason for another party – I am having a housewarming for my new home. As I started to plan and prepare for the party it occurred to me that I do most of my planning online using social media and apps.

This is how I do it …

I start with a little Pinterest and YouTube browsing ideas for a theme.  Sometimes it is a piece of music and an item of food that has me thinking.

I just love vintage music – so let us put a bit of Louis Armstrong on in the background on YouTube, and then hit Pinterest for some foody ideas. Time to unpack my gorgeous tea cups!

Tea parties are really my thing.  A good cup of tea and a perfect cake cannot be beaten. I have recently connected with a fabulous tea company based in Galway.  Solaris Tea have simply the most marvelous teas including one I call celebration tea.  I am including a video clip because I am not sure I can describe it as well.  A clear tea pot is a must and as the hot water is added the pot of tea becomes an exquisite flower.

I am very excited to say that I contacted.Solaris tea on twitter and will be having this fabulous range of tea at my party!!  I met up with Catriona from Solaris at an ITWBN blogging event and she urged me to try the Chai Green tea. I am not a green tea lady, but to be polite I said I would try it.  After drinking 3 cups I had to buy it.  The tea is beautifully made and combines whole leaf tea with delicate citrus and spice.

I do love spending an hour (or two or three) in Pinterest, It is my first stop when planning a party menu.  I was so inspired that I had to create board with tea party ideas,   I am thinking tiny tea sandwiches and perhaps a pink and white dessert buffet?

A trip to Spotify sorts the music – some big band blues I think.

Now for the invites.  Let’s head over to Facebook, where I can send off some invites and catch up with some friends who live to far away. Perhaps I might have to have a little party over in South Africa when I visit…

The party is next week, so best I had over to my lists.  Lots of recipes and party posts coming soon.

Thanks for reading

Kerry x

 

 

 

Why making lists improves my productivity

lists quote

I am a real list maker.  I make them on yellow pads, on notebooks, on the back of envelopes and more recently on ColorNote and Out of Milk – two great phone apps that do seem to make my life simpler.It also means the lists come with me rather than staying on my desk or the kitchen table.

All these methods work, but today I am reminding myself to make those lists count.  There is great satisfaction in ticking things off!

In amongst the moving boxes, there are many lists being created.  Here is my current list of lists

  1. Invitees for my going away party (back of an envelope)
  2. The Food and drink list for the party – as above and on Pinterest
  3. Boxes to be packed (notebook)
  4. Social arrangements before I leave (Yellow note)
  5. Shopping lists – (Out of Milk)
  6. Packing for my temporary home at my sisters – not started but I need a list for that!
  7. Work tasks to be finished (yellow note on my desk)
  8. Blogging ideas (ColourNote)
  9. TV watching (ColourNote)
  10. Ideas for new job (new notebook)
  11. Packing list for my trip to London
  12. Crafting and arty ideas (Pinterest) – important as I don’t want to forget those while all my stuff is packed up.

I think it is really important to use lists, simply because I forget things.  An idea pops into my head that I know will make a great blog post and then when I sit down to write – whoosh it is gone.

I also tend to forget my phone charger when travelling and also my toothbrush.  I won’t even consider that this is about getting older.  I go with the idea that my mind is simply overfull and things tend to fall out!

Looking back on the list of lists, I think that I could aim to be a little better organised.  Perhaps one place for making lists and do away with the numerous yellow notes and used envelopes.

 

I would love to hear your list tips and techniques.

Thanks for reading this Wednesday’s quotation post.

 

Kerry xx

 

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