Main Entry: cha·os
Pronunciation: \kā-äs\

Function: noun

a: a state of utter confusion b: a confused mass or mixture

“A state of utter confusion” sometimes is completely how I would describe my life. Picture this: Dinner at the dining room table with family including in-laws and dogs who are yipping and begging for any food particles that haphazardly drop onto the floor. Jackson in his highchair throwing food to Fifi (our precious Yorkshire Terrier) saying “bye-bye” to anyone who will listen. In comes three of my sister in law’s friends to hang out and head to our Jacuzzi. Fegan (our crazy, yet loveable Malti-poo) trying to sink his teeth into any leg he can get to because he hates strangers, barking like there is no tomorrow. Our 4×2 kitchen (ok an exaggeration, but not by much. A state of the art – gourmet kitchen I do not have) gradually getting smaller and smaller with people, loud noises, food flying, dishes being passed, wine being drank. While fun, I would prefer quiet organization with a routine I am used to and look forward to everyday.

I don’t know why I am like this. I wouldn’t call it obsessive compulsive, I guess I would call it controlling. I like things the way I like them. In an environment and situation I created and am responsible for. Sometimes I wonder if this is possible at all with two small children, a husband and two small dogs. I think I was able to better manage these life events with only a husband and the dogs, but add to the equation the babies and all of the additional outside factors and enter in chaos.

I think that might be why I am good at my job. I like the details and controlling the details. I think that may be why I like party planning. You have a vision, you detail the vision, you document the vision in a list(s), you take care of the details and you implement. It takes more of a visionary, an artist to plan a party, but it feels like the same controlled process to me. And the result is the same…delivering a success.

I like to plan a party, make my lists and hand of some of the tasks to A La Carte Parties ( First I know that I can trust they will understand my needs and what I am looking for and I know they will get the job done. While I still have my Project Manager hat on and I am still checking in with them often, ensuring they are doing their part of the bargain, I know in the end, the party will be a success because I used their services and they listen and know what to do. Whether it is something simple such as decorating or catering (I say simple, but in general, that isn’t a simple task) to the hardcore stuff like finding me a place to host the event, white glove service, a photographer, a DJ or other types of entertainment (last time I asked them to find me a children’s singer and they found someone awesome!!) when I hand over things to A La Carte Parties (, I expect results and excellent ones at that. And I have no fear; they will deliver – each and every time.

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Mother’s Day!

This is my first official blog. My husband came to me a few days ago and said, “Hey, I have a great idea you could do to promote my catering business A La Carte Parties ( , write a blog.” My first thoughts were, yeah right…on top of raising your children, cleaning the house, doing the laundry (well, my mom – the nanny – actually does that) and working, as if I have time to write a blog.

I don’t know anything about blogging, but after the day I had today, I thought, hell, I might as well write about things and if something I have to say has to do with his catering business A La Carte Parties (, it is win/win.

Speaking of mom’s, Mother’s day is coming up fast (honey, please don’t forget!!). Being a mom has to be one of the hardest, challenging, most wonderful things I have ever done or been given the gift to do so. I have two small boys (very small – Jackson is 14 months and Alexander is 4 months). Crazy, right? Well, it certainly wasn’t planned, but I couldn’t be luckier. I see my babies and my eyes fill up with so much love, amazement and, in truth, wonder on how I got here. Or how I do it now 🙂 I think all mom’s probably have those same thoughts. I really have it easier than most. While my children are small, I have so much help from our family. My mom takes care of the boys when I work and my husband’s mom wants them all the time. Every weekend Jackson goes to have a sleep over on Saturday night with his Grandma. They adore him.

So with all the help I have, you would think that every time I threw a party…and there are so many…I could whip up a gourmet meal, right! Having children I feel like there is a party every other month. Baby showers, Christening’s, First Birthday Parties. Then there is Holiday’s…Easter, Mother’s Day (LOL), Fourth of July. All I really want to do is make a mojito and kick my feet up. That is one thing I can say I honestly LOVE, LOVE, LOVE about A La Carte Parties (…the food is fantastic and I don’t have to do a thing 🙂 Aside from catering my larger parties (oh, and believe me, my husband is Portuguese so if you think a one year old’s birthday can’t be large try it out for 130 people. And yes, I said for Jackson’s FIRST birthday!) A La Carte Parties ( caters my home events also. A work Christmas party, a fundraising event serving passed appetizers, trays of food for Easter.

Having a caterer ( food to my house or cook it at my house for a great price, me not having to do any work or clean couldn’t make me, as a mother, any happier. And a happy mom is a great mom. A happy wife…a happy life 🙂

So, to all you mom’s out there….Have a fantastic Mother’s Day! Do something for yourself. You deserve it. And if you kid’s or your husband’s forget…Remind them. YOU DESERVE IT.