The words you don’t want to hear just after you’ve sent out your media release to all of the major media outlets and invitation for your book launch are as follows -
You have ebola virus and internal organs seeping from your rectum is imminent.
There is no booking for your launch at this venue, and we have something else on that night.
As I’m a cup half full kind of girl, I’m thankful that I heard the latter rather than the former, however the words still sent a cold shiver of ice through my veins.
You what??? I said. What do you mean there’s no booking? I booked weeks ago.
Apparently, the booking system (i.e. scrap of paper) used by my venue was not quite as reliable as they anticipated….in fact, they’d triple booked my evening.
Now, I’m not here to bad mouth anyone, as I think that at least one of those bookings worked in my favour, however I am going to say that whilst I was making canapés for 50, organising booze, djs and photographers, and a 6 kilo organic ham to slow bake for 5 hours, that perhaps I could have done without that angst…..lucky I’m a roll with it kind of cat.
The thing about organising a party, whether it be cocktails, sit down dinner or a swingers night, your best bet is to make a list, and check it twice.
Just like the fat dude in the red suit.
In the days leading up there’s lots you can do to help ease the pressure on the actual day, because if you leave everything to the last minute you’ll be a strung out wreck by the time your first guest arrives and you won’t have a cool demeanour….which is imperative for the hostess with the mostest.
My menu for the evening looked like this -
- Corn and zucchini fritters with crisp proscuitto and goats cheese dressing
- Salmon and Asparagus filo quiches (hello, 1980!)
- Slow Baked Pinapple and Rum Ham with sour dough rolls and mustard
- Mini Pork and Fennel Sausage Rolls
- Love and Carrot Cupcakes
- Kitchen Sink Cookies
- Cheese Plate
- and lots and lots of champagne.
The champagne should have been at the top of the list really, because in my mind everything else was insignificant…. have a mentioned I was in a celebratory mood?
Two days out I busted out my cookie dough (obscene amounts of butter, just quietly) and made my cupcakes. Unbaked dough went in the fridge and cupcakes went into the freezer. Totally fine to freeze cake for a few days before icing. One to keep up your sleeve for birthdays.
The day before I made my sausage rolls, but didn’t baked them off. Whacked them in the fridge and they were ready to rock in the morning.
Oh man, do you really care about the way I organised this?? Not really.
The day of I pretty much cooked all day, but I like doing that.
I felt organised, and I was tres excited.
A couple of dear ones helped me set up.
Rodney has an eye for detail and Gab plated my food so I could flap around, fluff paper pom pom and slip into my onesie… and then there is the moment where you wonder if anyone will come to your party.
When the wonderful Mumabulous walked in, glorious in her yellow and lace dress, I knew that this party was going to be fun.
People gave a shit about this launch of mine. People want to come and see it. See my book, eat my food and drink that damn champagne.
Suffice to say, I’m a little bit exhausted. I’ve chilled out for a few days (still got all the marketing and press shit to deal with so it’s hardly a tropical holiday) but I’m slowly pulling my shit together and getting back into the swing of things.
Just in time for Christmas.
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