Friday, December 7

Post Party Let Down

Well, it's over.  We planned/anticipated/worried/compromised for months and on Saturday we hosted our 40th birthday party.  65 people.  DJ, dancing, photo booth, hot dog cart, beer, wine.  Whew.  I think people had a good time.  We seemed to pull it off.  Being who I am, though, I'm still going over the parts I would have done differently, worrying about the friends I didn't talk with as much as I wished, and regretting that last glass of wine or two . . . .

Bryce and I really had no idea what we were getting into when we decided to have a party.  We just thought it would be super fun -it would be great to have our friends together and it would give them a fun night out.  We didn't realize it would be like planning a small wedding.  It wasn't so much the actual work that was hard it was all the decision making - decorations, food, glassware, music.  Then it was the worrying (my department) - will people have a good time, is there enough food, wine, good music, dancing, is there someone for everyone to talk to?  Then there is the risk of putting yourself out there which if you think about it too much is daunting. 

I'm so glad we did it, though.  I think it was a fun night.  Now Bryce and I are tired and cranky.  I kinda feel empty.  Bryce informed me that in the last 5 weeks we've hosted a Halloween party, Thanksgiving, and our 40th.  Not to mention work, school, illness, and the fact that the girls still want dinner even when I'm tapped out.  It is a lot.  Life is a lot.  But these memorable events are so worth it.  These are the things we'll take with us and reflect upon for years to come.  This party has turned me into a sappy mess - I feel so fortunate to have such wonderful friends and family.  So lucky.  Life is so much better shared don't you think?  Ah, I need to find someone to hug.  What's happening to me?  I'm softening.  Gah! 

My mind is ready to jump into Christmas crafting and baking with you all but my body is still reeling and recovering.  I've given myself until Monday.  Monday I'll be ready to engage in the holidays.  Yes, Monday.  Until then have an excellent weekend.

xo

photo by good friend, Sullivan Hester

6 comments:

Anandi Raman Creath said...

Happy birthday to both of you! That sounds like such a fun night. I threw a big party for TJ's 40th last year and it was a TON of work, but really fun. And it was in the same restaurant that we had our wedding, so it was like planning our wedding all over again :D

Mine is in 2015 so I'm not sure yet what I want to do...

Jennifer said...

I've been thinking about you so much and wondering how your party went. I'm sure everyone had a fantastic time and you have no reason to worry. I'm sorry you're feeling blue, though. Your beautiful invitation is still stuck to our refrigerator because I love that photo so much. I'm sure you need a break after all that planning, worrying and celebrating. Give yourself a week to recover before leaping into all the Christmas stuff. Maybe part of the post-party letdown is that you need something new to plan. A trip to Berlin, maybe? ;)

likeschocolate said...

Happy Birthday to the too of you! Happy 40th! Here is to another 40! Wishing you a few days rest and many happy memories to come!

Chris said...

We had such a wonderful time! We looked forward to it...the anticipation! Then we dressed up, danced, chatted with great people, partook of great food and drink. It was a fantastic event! Nice job Bryce and Katy!

Road Trippers said...

So bummed I missed this and so happy it turned out well and that you're fully recovered!

Dana said...

You guys are way cool and very generous with your friends. It sounds like the party was great fun.
Happy Birthday!
d

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...