before y'all cast me into e-hell (where I very well may deserve to be, my heart may be in the right place but I AM meddling and inviting myself over to people's houses!)
My parents are good people. MY ILs are good people. They all get along (thank goodness!).
I am NOT much of a hostess. I try, but I prefer to be a guest (potential guests probably prefer it too
Mr. Dawb's grandfather died 2 weeks ago. It has been a challenging Holiday season, and we've all been doing our darnedest (granted, not altogether successfully, but we're trying) to look after grandma.
We had it on good authority that grandma didn't exactly want to stay home on New Year's. For the last several years, she and grandfather and MIL and FIL have made plans to go out somewhere swanky.
For a lot of reasons (including $ and failure to plan ahead w/ everything that's happening), that isn't happening. If we all made plans to go out at this late date, grandma would assume it was a pity gesture and wouldn't come. Our (very small) house doesn't easily hold many people and an invite from us would probably still be considered "pity" and be declined.
Enter the parents Dawbs.
My parents didn't have New Year's eve plans yet. There was talk of their church group doing something but I preempted that. I explained the situation, and convinced them to host a party.
So they made phone calls to invite the ILs and grandmother over for New Years.
Grandmother hasn't committed yet, but we think she'll come--this is an invite from my parents and won't likely be seen as "pity".
My parents were enthusiastic and willing. They won't ask me to do a dang thing...but I very much want to help, seeing as I imposed at the last minute
I told my mom I would come over on the 30th to help clean.
I told my dad I would make desserts and buy whatever appetizers are needed.
I promised to bring euchre decks, trivial pursuit and a few DVD's.
Since, in name, this is NOT my party, but in reality, it is all coming about because I was meddling...what should I do to make all lives easier? Besides (obviously) keeping my mouth shut about it being "my" party ...what else can I be helpful with?
(I obviously don't host much...so I have NO IDEA what goes into parties. I make a MUCH better guest than I do hostess!)