Saturday, February 26, 2011

Party Planning Made Easy

I'm feeling extremely lazy and perhaps a little more guilty about that laziness than usual. This weekend, tomorrow to be exact, is Lindsay's birthday. Our friend Kristin and I are co-hosting a party tonight for both Lindsay and another friend, Sukhraj, whose birthday was Tuesday. Hosting a party here takes a slightly different effort level than hosting a party in the states.

In the past when I've hosted birthday parties for Lindsay, they've been extremely busy affairs where I've spent the entire day prepping for the party. That prep would start with trips to Costco, the grocery store, and Binny's Beverage Depot. It continues with a day of cooking (back when I used to do that) with Lindsay's Mom and finish by getting the house set up and ready to go. Busy days, to say the least, but I'm going to pat myself on the should and say that I typically do a pretty good job.

Not exactly the same here.

Today, the cook is dealing with all of the food purchasing and preparation. She appears to have a helper (whom I believe is her sister-in-law) in the kitchen with her, so I'm glad someone can help her out. My trusty driver Kailash has been kind enough to find a cooler (in hindsight, probably should have just thrown an extra cooler in the shipment from home) for me and also scout where we need to go to purchase ice. At first he mentioned thinking we'd need to go to the "Toll Plaza Market" (which to be honest, I had never heard of) but found a wine shop at Galleria that would save us some until later in the evening. He also found time to stop and by the wife flowers. I thought it would be a nice touch, you know, since I've been so busy.

While all this has been going on, I've been busy writing and trying to figure out how to organize pictures. We're also expecting a delivery from Sharma Farm, so I can use that as an excuse for why I need to stay close to home. At this point they're two hours late and claiming to just realize that we live in Gurgaon and not Delhi, so I'm thinking that delivery might not take place today.

Regardless, I'm looking forward to a fun party tonight. I'm just glad I could do so much to help get ready for it.


  1. Happy Birthday Lindsay!!

  2. always a delight to wake up and find another revealing post has arrived from writer John!
    Planning birthdays are fun and usually hectic..enjoy this respite. You will be in charge again next year!