Well I have just about bitten my nails down to the quick and wound my hair up in knots! I have spent the best part of the day making pretty much fruitless phone calls trying to sort out catering and a marquee.
Finally when I thought I was going to explode, I packed the girls into the car and headed to B&Q to look at what they had. I managed to find a party marquee big enough for £99. However, when I managed to see one erected, it was dreadful. A good sneeze would blow it apart, never mind a gentle breeze or as is more likely in this country a somewhat bracing northeasterly wind! I can see why it was £99, to be honest it was overpriced at that. It had so many parts too, that it would take a week to put it together.
So I left there feeling dejected and went into a party supplies shop. A good result there, I managed to get some nice christening balloons, tablecloths, napkins and a few other pretty little decorations, all for under £15.
At this short notice however, none of the caterers can help. I didn’t honestly expect that they would, but it was worth a try. So I headed to the supermarket, ready to fill a trolley with as much party food as I could. That’s when I discovered the lovely people at Sainsburys do a party food service. They will cater your party! Yay, so I went to the deli counter where a lovely young man helped me pick selections of food and helped with me quantities etc and it is all ordered and will be cooked and prepared ready to be collected on Sunday. They also put it all onto disposable serving platters, so I won’t even have to wash up. I have shopped in Sainsburys for years and I had no idea that they did this and I have to say after all the stress, I think I actually love them. I almost cried with relief. Over dramatic, I know, but wow was I ever stressed out. This little excursion into Sainsburys restored my sanity. I’ll whip up a slow cooker curry and a chilli to go along with it and Bob’s your uncle! They also have a free glass lending service, you leave a £20 deposit and you can borrow glasses. Another result. I now don’t have to try to rent or buy glasses for 50 people and we don’t have to drink wine from plastic tumblers or share tommee tippee cups.
So I now have guests, minister, food, glasses, tablecloths, balloons and other decorations.
The problem of the marquee is ongoing, I’m trying to hire one now, although they all seem to be enormous wedding ones on offer, but I am determined by tomorrow I will have my marquee!
I also need extra cutlery – no way do I have enough for 50, extra chairs, buffet tables and tables to sit at. I can hire those things, but how do I get them home without paying an extortionate delivery charge – which is actually more than the cost of the hire, go figure.
It’s become a logistical nightmare, but I will crack this sucker. I will find another business who will be my tomorrows version of Sainsburys. This old bird will pull this shindig off or I’m not a true Irish woman!