Monthly Archives: October 2013

Daylight Savings Time: Set clocks back one hour

This Sunday at 2:00 a.m. we will push our clocks back by one hour to observe Daylight Savings Time.  It is also the time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, and make sure they are working.

No excuses.  You have the rest of this week to buy as many 9 volt batteries as you need.  Just change them.  Even if you just changed them in the Spring, please change them again.  And while you’re at it, press the button and make sure the smoke alarms are working.

If you have a furnace or boiler, make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors in your home.  Change the batteries and test the alarms this weekend as well.

The life you safe could be your own.

The Party is Over and It’s Time to Assess

We spend a lot of time planning and preparing for celebrations. Once the party is over, it’s important to take a few minutes to assess the success of the party.  Use our printable Event and Party Assessment Chart to analyze your party, so that your next one turns out even better.

There are three sections:

  • What worked well
  • What didn’t work
  • Things to do next time

Click here to print: Party and Event Assessment Chart

Assessing the event

Be sure to think about all of the phases of your party:

Planning: invitations, guests, date time

Meal: food, timing of appetizers

Set up: decorations, plates/napkins, flow of room

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Were the right people invited?  Too many people?  Not enough?
Was there enough time for guests to talk and socialize?
Were you happy with the food preparation and selections?

How did the beverages work out?  Did you have enough to serve?
Did the dessert work out well?

Use the last section of the form to jot down any additional comments and thoughts.

Happy planning!