Dear Helen Hartman,
After this insufferable protracted Winter I am ready to celebrate by hosting some kind of get together with friends. This presents me with many unique problems. My home feels so gloomy and unkempt (please do not suggest a good Spring cleaning, if I wait until I accomplish that the celebration will be postponed until it’s a summerfest). My other concerns revolve around mix of friends. I love them but most are very opinionated, all are quite creative and I worry the only thing they will agree upon is that my setting is not up to snuff. Help!
Dear Loved Her Friends But One
My, you use a lot of big words. Not that Helen can’t handle them, of course.
|For example, living in the country Helen is very much PRO TRACTOR|
One word that does stand out? PRESENTS.
|Remember if you give Helen a gift, it should be in excellent taste. |
Also it should cost at least $17.98.
I know that’s not how you used it but that’s really what we are talking about. You want to offer the gift of a celebration to your friends and whether we admit it or not we all want the gifts we offer to do one thing.
|ONE thing? We use gifts and parties to show off our good taste, fabulous success and put people in our debt. Oh wait, you mean the the present we give of people to bask in the glow of OUR presence, right?|
You give something to make someone happy. It’s a noble cause.
|So naturally Helen wants nothing to do with it|
Regarding your friends – have you ever heard the saying – make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold?
|Not that Helen is showing off or anything but she has been collecting super cheapo silver stuff to set a table for a summer tea party she hopes to host.|
Well the bottom has dropped out of all the prices of precious metals, as it should out of judgey-judgey friends who can’t get along with others.
|Get Helen talking about the bottom dropping on ANYTHING! I guess she hasn't seen herself from behind lately!|
Unless they are sitting next to me and we are judging those others – now THAT’s a party!
Helen suggestions – consider an outdoor buffet. No house cleaning, plenty of space for people to mingle or to form opposing camps and rumble.
|Helen does not actually go outside but she hears it is full of things like this. Flowers, not mid-mod coffee pots. If it was the coffee pots Helen would be outside all the time.|
Not for you? How about an after hours party – a fun gathering after an event!
Apparently people who are tired and or have been drinking are often more forgiving.
If not at least they are more inclined to forget faster.
|Also after 10 people seem to be less picky, as are cookbook standards as this dish is so eloquently called: Hawaiian meat chunks.|
|Or get fancy. Put a scoop of pink ice cream on an old pear or dump a banana split in a glass. It's after 10, who is going to even notice?|
Serve this and everyone will agree – they are never coming to your house again!
|Don't lose any sleep over this. No, not over my the musical bassinet I got for a buck that now so sweetly holds stuff on my vanity, over this party thing. Oh and over how Helen finds the coolest stuff and never shares. That can keep anyone awake.|
Don’t let worries over a few potential party poopers stop you from inviting your friends out to celebrate. If you are relaxed and up for the effort, they will appreciate it. If they don't?
|Remember, Revenge is a dish best served with cabbage.|
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