Joe and I really know how to throw a party. It helps to have some know-how from being in the celebrations industry myself, but the soiree was even more fantastic because Joe was so involved with all the decisions, choosing the menu, keeping things running smoothly, circulating between the natural groups of guests, and he made an amazing Planter’s Punch that everyone loved. It was one of those very important personal touches to the day.
Now just in case you think nothing goes wrong at a wedding expert’s pre-wedding party, here’s a little inside scoop. The caterer wasn’t open yesterday, so we picked up the trays on Saturday with detailed instructions for re-heating. First batch went into the oven, and as I wrapped the mini hot dogs in dough, I looked up and there was about a foot of smoke covering the kitchen ceiling. Drips on the bottom of the oven were burning off. An hour before guests would arrive, and we had about 15 more trays that had to go into the oven. So all windows were open, all doors, and we just kept going with the heating up! I can look back and laugh about it now, but it was quite the shocker. A short while later, with the drips burned off, we were back in business and the entire catering menu was a hit….as were the dishes that some of our close friends and family so generously brought to add extra special meaning to our day.
It meant the world to us that we had our friends and family gathered together, and especially to see my parents feeling well and laughing with their loved ones. We haven’t had a big celebration in my parent’s place since before the cancer years, so this was a monumentally important day for all of us. What matters most is always the people you have around you. We’re blessed beyond belief.