May 272014

Have you ever hosted a party?  Did you over plan the whole thing and end up with stuff not being done (games) and tons of food not being eaten?  Which is worse, having too much food to dispose of later or, not having enough food?

Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This past week we had our Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet.  Ostensibly, it is to celebrate the birthday of Cub Scouting, but it is a lot of fun for the kids.  We had skits and games as well as dinner.  Overall, it wasn’t bad, except for the food.  We ended up with about double the food we needed.  It is hard to plan on what people are going to eat, or not eat.

We told everyone that it was dinner, yet some people ate before they came.  Some didn’t want to eat hot dogs.  Some didn’t want to eat anything but cake.  We had just enough games, and, after earlier editing, just enough skits.

It is hard to plan a big gathering, is what I am getting at.  I am sure people would have been shaking their heads and wanting more food if we didn’t have so much.  What is better?  More or Less?  People were already annoyed that the ketchup packets that the church had for us were fermenting.  (upon further review, they were 2+ years old)  But we had mustard and relish so screw them.

Ultimately, we have too look at the end of the party and gauge whether or not people had a good time.  Extra food or not, People had a good time.  They knew who we were as leaders.  It was much better than last year, much more interactive and less awkward.

So what about it?  Let me know.

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  One Response to “Here’s to over-planning and success!”

  1. Justin,
    I guess I might characterize your party planning skills differently. First I don’t think it is possible to overplan. What you did was overshop. These days I don’t wonder that people are reluctant to eat anything that isn’t certified by the government. The days of carefree potlucks and casual trust in the cooking of your fellow man are long gone. I’m surprised that they were willing to eat cake.
    What I really enjoyed however was the image of your church providing packets of fermented catsup. What fun it could have been seeing tipsy boyscouts roughhousing after a couple of spiced up dogs. Good Times.

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