Phew! I’m back home, in my comfy clothes, hanging out!
Esther’s reception was beautiful – my Mom did a lovely job making it all come together, as I told you she would.
Also mentioned in the above referenced post, I tried to stick to what I do best for this reception: computers and paper. :) After doing the 300 invitations (which took several full days worth of work), I was “done” – thank goodness didn’t have to do the more creative and artsy stuff like food and decorating. I did get to help Mom out with one more task this afternoon, and it was just so fun. [excitement is building in my typing voice]
I made an excel spreadsheet, and entered everyone’s receipts, then averaged the total over all of the hostesses, then subtracted from each person’s average to get what they still owed or were owed as a refund, THEN, THEN, THEN, I made a word document and I MERGED the name, whether they owed or were owed, and the amount they owed or were owed into a letter and printed them all out with one stroke of “ctrl-P”!! Oh MY that was so fun!! And My Mom THANKED me!! She doesn’t understand what a thrill that gives me. I know – I must be the biggest geek in the world.
I did take some of the invitations and the leftover pictures to the reception to help decorate, and was reminded why I should just stick to my geeky offerings. I was trying to pin a wedding photo up on the board where they had some pictures up of Esther and Bryce. I couldn’t find anymore push pins, so I figured I’d let a push pin do double duty and hold up the bottom of an existing collage of photos and the top of my new addition. Right after I stuck it in, I realized that all of the other push pins had been up against the pretty collages, but not pushed through it, and I had just put a hole in the pretty creative memory page. I was horrified and wracked with guilt. I found my Mom and confessed my sin, and she agreed that I probably shouldn’t have done that, although she said she was sure it was ok. More guilt. I am wondering how very upset the bride will be when she realizes I’ve RUINED a page of her book. Then she gets there. Oh no!! She’s just standing there, right in front of the board!! She’s going to see!! It’s going to ruin her night!! She has a bag. . . more pictures to put up – pretty pages just like the one I ruined. She holds them up (she’s about to notice any second and will hate me!!), then – – she pushes the pin right through her page!!!! WHEW!! I am exonerated. My guilt washes away. If the bride can do it, then I can do it. However – I think I better stick to what I do best – computer and paper. No more decorating for me.
I did have one major snafu
when I did the invitations, however. I think I avoided blog-admitting (blogmitting?) at the time because I was still beating myself up about it. You can’t print 300 of something without realizing afterwards that you made a gaping mistake, right?
I was lovingly hand-feeding the last envelope (printing the mailing address and the return address, which was my Mom’s address since she was the main hostess) through my printer when my Mom walks in and says, “My address is 240, not 640.” NOOOOOOOOOOOO. . . . I tell her to just not tell me that!!! After I calmed down, I realized that it would be ok – there are all of 3 families that live on her street (none of which are 640 and all of which are best friends), and the postlady knows them all, and Mom can tell her to please deliver the misaddressed envelopes to her. But I didn’t forgive myself for quite some time. However, judging from the crowd tonight, there didn’t seem to be too many returned envelopes.
Ok – WOW. I’ve droned on long enough. Have a great night!