My sister-in-law Kate and her husband Bobby started a great tradition years ago that is now coined “Dads and Grads” party. On, or about Father’s Day, she hosts a great backyard party to celebrate all the fathers in our large extended families, but it also includes all the new graduates from middle school through graduate school. So instead of having several parties – there is one huge event in which everyone chips in and helps.

Father's Day celebration!

Father’s Day celebration!

I know that most people look forward to a “party” but have you noticed just how many parties and other fun events there are to attend? Even the good times can become a little stressful because there are so many these days clamoring for our attention, time, energy and possibly even our purse strings. Our potential weekends can be hijacked by lots of “fun” opportunities. I am writing this newsletter content right now in mid-May and honestly, I haven’t even sat down once on my deck yet for a Saturday or Sunday morning cup of coffee. Yikes…

That’s why I love this idea of multi-layering celebrations such as Kate’s. These congratulatory events can streamline the time management process, the effort and the costs. Plus, if you have one large party instead of individual smaller ones, you’ll probably get more folks to attend as well. This concept of layering “reasons and resources” can help our schedules.

Don’t forgot hosting home parties. They are awesome ways to make memories and show appreciation to our loved ones, but they are also a lot of additional work to our already packed housework — so here are a few tips:

  • Don’t turn away anyone’s help. Even if someone brings a cooler with ice or a fruit platter, delegate as much as possible.
  • Think “catering”.
  • Hire a cleaning person before and after a large function. Those college kids coming home are looking for work – maybe this is the time for them to help you garden or clean all your windows.
  • Get an attendant. See if that terrific babysitter would like to help clear dishes, garbage and recycling while the party is in full force.
  • Use technology with group distribution lists and campaigns.