Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Easy Breezy Entertaining

Last night we hosted 5 of my husband's colleagues for dinner so it was the perfect opportunity to try out my new easy breezy entertaining attitude.  

The day started off with a bang when I discovered that the cat had brought in a frog.  A live frog.  And the dog chased it under the stove before I could catch it.  No problem.  Easy breezy.  I was just going to hope that it either came out before the group arrived (which it did) or after they had left.  

The next surprise was the dishwasher broke.  We had picked up new glasses so we would have something nice for this group and I ran them through the dishwasher which left rock hard white spots on them.  Well, them and every other glass and dish in there.  I tried soaking them in vinegar, experimented with CLR and eventually moved on to the magic eraser.  Thankfully the magic eraser worked but it wasn't without vigorous scrubbing and who really has time to wash dishes 3 times with company coming?

No problem.  Still easy breezy.

When I discovered that the only ice bucket we have is bright summer plastic blue, I didn't flinch.  It would do.

When I realized that we didn't have enough of the nice wine glasses (because I broke one a few months ago), I grabbed the less than pretty glasses, put them in the mix, and chose to think of it as eclectic instead of mismatched.

Pretty one is on the right 

When I did this, I ran some cold water over it and carried on.

Not a meal until someone gets burned
When the roast wouldn't cook fast enough, I cranked up the heat, poured more wine for everyone and added a few extra crackers to the appetizer tray.  Easy breezy.

And you know what? It worked.  I didn't get tense and neurotic, I asked someone to make the martinis for me (which ended up being a big source of entertainment and laughter), and everyone seemed to have a good time.  Even me.

Well, until I woke up this morning to do these:

And these:

And these:

By hand.  :)  

The dishwasher is now fixed apparently.  The fellow who came out this morning to look at it suggested I change detergents.  Yep, that was the big problem.  Not broken at all.  I guess I should be happier but let's just say this conversation about the detergent was an expensive one and leave it at that.  After all, we're easy breezy, right?!


Unknown said...

I am impressed, I my have broken down into tears at one point!! (I think the frog may have done it!) I am sorry about your burn it looks like it hurt. I burn my self all the time cooking too. I have started using white vinegar in my rinse aid receptical and it has helped the white spots on my glasses. I hope you find a detergent that works better.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You're so cool and collected Terry. I happen to like the festive blue, and that shade of pink in your burn photo.

Anonymous said...

I love the mismatched glasses! It's so fun! And those white dishes. I think I love those too. I would or may have panicked a small bit. Way to keep it all together!

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

Oh you're so funny, Terry! You sounded like calm in the face of adversity. I'm not good with live wildlife in the house, so I probably would have died right then.

It sounds like someone in your group knows how to make a good martini!

I'd love to be easy breezy, but I think I'd need something stronger than my Rescue Remedy products!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Thank you my calm, cool, friend who just gave me a little ray of hope!

Mindy said...

Is it okay that I was laughing at you? Although, that burn made my stomach hurt. Owie!
I have no sympathy for the dishes though. That is my daily life.

It's funny you should do this post - we're having company for dinner on Friday and I was thinking about you as I was racing around the house today like a crazy person. I'm on an obsessive clean sweep of the inside. Tomorrow I will spend the entire day working in the yard. Crazy I tell ya, crazy. Easy breezy is NOT in this gals vocabulary.

Rivki Locker said...

Sorry to have laughed at your trials and tribulations but I have to admit that I did. You're amazing for pulling thru in spite of all that went wrong. It's all in attitude, girl!

Becky and the Beanstock said...

Oh no, see, a sink full of dirty dishes is the true sign of a good party. You'll think I'm crazy but it makes me happy to wake up to that. :) And I'm impressed that you left them overnight in the first place.

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