I’ve slowly come to terms with the fact that when it comes to parties, I’m a bit of a geek. I want guests to be immersed in a fantasy, from the moment they receive their invitation to the time they drive away. For a long time, I tried to hide this truth. When most people’s idea of a party is sticking out a bowl of queso and a bag of chips, my style of entertaining can chafe. I didn’t want to be thought of as silly, frivolous, or worse yet – judgmental (because I sincerely appreciate being a guest – no matter how simple someone else’s idea of entertaining is – and you can bet I’ll be first in line for the aforementioned queso). But, I’ve decided to celebrate, well, celebrating! I love to throw parties and I derive genuine pleasure from planning how to bring a vision to life. I will often spend a few days “playing” with my various party elements. This serves a few purposes. It allows me to immerse myself in the beautiful, sparkly things and savor my fantasy as it slowly comes to life, and it helps me do a dry run for the day of the event. So, this weekend, I got out a few items I’ve been collecting for Thanksgiving day and styled them this way and that. My dry run for my T-day tablescape went okay. I was able to make a few decisions and made a last minute run to the craft store today. I can’t wait to see all the elements come together for their “performance”. Do you do a dry run?