I’ve been keeping a party journal for years! Get a peek inside and find out what information to keep. It’s an invaluable tool for entertaining at home.
Raise your hand if you’re obsessed with parties and entertaining. Me Too!! That’s why, when I began to host too many parties to mentally keep up with, I started keeping a party journal. It has become invaluable to me over the years as I jot down every detail I want to remember.
There are two main reasons I like to keep notes in my party journal: 1 – I don’t like to do the same thing twice, and 2 – I like to keep a record of what works and what doesn’t.
Want to know what goes in to my journal? Here’s a peek inside…
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Keeping a Party Journal
- I log each party I’ve hosted, and I have separate sections for our annual Christmas cocktail party, fun theme parties, and ladies nights.
- For each party I list what the menu was, and where I can find the recipe.
- I note how well the recipes were received. A simple asterisk beside it means it was a hit (serve it again!) and I’ll add it to my go-to list of items.
- I include the guests who attended each party. I have a 3-strikes rule I like to follow: if I invite someone to a party three times and they don’t come, I strike them off the invitation list. Of course if there is a real viable reason they’ve missed, I take that into consideration. In general, life is too short and full of friendly faces to be chasing after others who aren’t invested.
- I note what I wore. That’s right, any hostess with the mostess knows she can’t be seen wearing the same outfit twice! Haha, I’m only half joking. This really only applies to the Christmas party. I now have a closet full of cocktail dresses that I’ve worn once!
- List of decorative touches. This includes things like making an ice bowl or ice bottle cooler, to hanging white string lights for an outdoor party. I have a long list of decorative touches I’ve done over the years, or may want to try in the future.
- List of go-to menus. This is a handy section that takes the guess work out of planning. For instance, a fail-proof EASY brunch might include fruit trifle, cheese grits casserole, and bacon wrapped smokies. I also have a holiday meal section with classic recipes with a twist.
- I have a party tips section with useful information I’ve collected over the years: how to handle wine spills, pre-cleaning tactics, setting the mood with light and music, etc.
- I have lists of recipes that I’ve either tried or want to try, from appetizers to side dishes to drinks. Beside each item I list what book (with page number) or binder the recipe can be found.
There’s so much more that you can include in your party journal. I have a whole section on Christmas that includes traditions, classic movies to watch, etc. I’ve got notes on preparing a cheese plate…a coffee bar…pairing wine and cheese… The list goes on.
It’s such a great tool to have and I love writing in it as opposed to keeping a computer file, pinning, or texting into an app. As you can see, my journal is old and well worn. There are many beautiful journals you can find in stores like Target, HomeGoods, or online shops. I hope you’re inspired to keep your own party journal!