There’s only one thing better than coming up with an amazing idea that you’re super excited about. Making that idea a reality.
Picture this: bubbling champagne complemented by an artisanal cheese and toast board, sweet candied walnuts and wild mushroom crostinis with gruyere and micro greens, refreshing cold minted pea soup with creme fraiche and pea tendrils, tangy arugula salad with parmigiano reggiano drizzled with a lemon vinaigrette, lemon and dill salmon wrapped in parchment paper that is so tender it melts in your mouth, and chocolate pots de creme that makes even the most hard core chocolate addict weak in the knees. Now add seven smart, interesting, women with stories to share and opinions to be contemplated, and you have the makings of an incredible evening.
Let me take you back to last Thursday night, the night of my Spring Cleaning Dinner Party. Seven women knocked on Chef Alyssa Held’s door, hungry for wisdom, conversation, and of course, good food.
The story really begins at the beginning of March. I am part of a professional group of coaches and we were strategizing ways to spread the word about the wonderful benefits of Life Coaching. The idea of having a dinner party came up and my first thought was, “I can’t cook!” which was quickly followed by, “but I know someone who can!” I got in touch with Chef Extraordinaire Alyssa Held to run the idea by her. She was all in. When Alyssa came up with a very springy dinner menu, I knew just the perfect theme for my dinner party. And thus, the Spring Cleaning Dinner Party was born.
The idea was to spring clean in a different way. It wasn’t about getting rid of clothes, it was about clearing out what isn’t serving you in your life anymore and creating room for what does. And why not do it over a five course gourmet meal with a little champagne and wine on the side?
After Hors D’oeuvres, we proceed to the family room to play an icebreaker game. A bowl filled with folded up pieces of paper were passed around and each guest picked a question to answer. I knew the evening was going to be a success with the very first answer.
Question: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
Response: Well, since I’m obsessed with Netflix’s Frankie and Grace, I’m going to have to say a vibrator.
OMG. The entire room broke out in hysterics! We never even got to what her other two items would be.
When it was time to move into the dining room, my guests were delighted with their personalized cookie seat placements and their goody bags with fun surprises inside.
We discussed how we currently dealt with stressful situations over soup and salad. As my guests dined on Alyssa's delectable food, I taught them a new way to manage and organize all of their stressful and negative thinking. Hint: None of the pain that we experience comes from what happens to us, it actually comes from what happens in our minds. And finally, our culinary adventure ended with the most delicious dessert as we explored what negative thoughts we could let go of as we move into Spring.
It was a delightful evening! I am so happy that I took action and made this event happen.
Yes, there were doubts and problems and fears along the way – don't even get me started on the seven emails it took to get the personalized cookie order done correctly – but I decided that my mantra was going to be: It doesn't have to be “perfect”, and I don’t need to be “ready”.
Just do it anyway.
And I did.
If you have an idea that lights you up, take action and make it happen! You don’t need to be ready and it doesn't have to be perfect. You can do it!
P.S. Cooking and hosting enthusiasts wanted! If you love to cook or host, would like to have a dinner party in your home, and have a group of friends that would enjoy an evening like this, let’s make it happen! Email me.