My husband says one day I will laugh about this party.
I'm not laughing yet.
Anyone who has ever hosted a large party knows how much work and planning it takes. You plan and prepare for months and then the party comes and in a matter of hours it is all over. Last year I learned that many things could have been done differently, but such is to be expected when one is hosting ones first Oktoberfest. This year I was determined to be more organized and not have the last minute panic that seems an inevitable part of party prep. I made list after list of what needed to be done, I had the lists organized into categories and time frames for completion. For awhile I was pretty much on schedule, the yard work was running behind schedule but that was mainly because it rained the entire month of September.
Gee thanks, September.
(And, just for the record you are no longer my favorite month.)
As the party approached I worried some about the weather, the forecast was changing wildly. At one point they were calling for 82 degrees and sunny. Then a couple days later is was changed to 56 degrees and sunny. Closer to the party it was calling for chance of rain, partly cloudy. The morning of the party they were calling for a slight shower at 9am, slight shower at 3pm and slight shower at 6pm, then the rest of the evening was clear. Not bad, we could work with that.
Despite my extensive planning there was a mad rush the morning of the party, I started to fall behind in my food prep and wasn't able to start decorating as early as I intended. I was somewhat cheered about the weather though, the predicted 9AM shower was only a spitting of rain, not even enough to dampen the patio.
The mad rush continued but with the help of family the decorations were up and the food was almost ready by party time. Once again, I did not get hardly any photos, partly because I was running behind schedule and didn't get any before the party started and then later, well, things kind of got a little crazy.
Once again we had VIP parking up by the house and General parking in the field. I strung blue and white lights from the fence leading down to the parking area in the field to help guide the way to the house.
We had a welcome display set up at the top of the steps, hay bales, mums, pumpkins, balloons, our welcome sign and lots of bubbles. The "Beer Tent" and "Pretzel Stand" were set up under the tent. The food table was set up on the patio.
...the music was blaring, the beer was flowing, the brats were grilling, the soft pretzels were hot out of the oven and we were keeping an eye on the sky.
Then the first rain drop smacked us right in the eyeball.
Then another and another.
People started crowding under the tent and tarps, opening umbrellas, gathering under the trees.
We kept smiling, kept saying "It will pass soon, they are only calling for a slight shower...it will pass....light shower, that is all...."
We kept smiling, the drops turned to showers, the showers to out right rain and the rain to a down pour.
"It will pass soon, only calling for a slight shower."