Count The Silver ~ A Post-Party Tip

Did you count the silverWhen I was a bride and hosted my first extended family party, my mother-in-law offered to help clean up – did I want her to “count the silver?” Shocked, annoyed, what an insult!  Did she REALLY think a family member would pocket a spoon?  (If you’re “in the know,” you see where this is going…)

She hesitantly told me people sometimes throw utensils in the trash. OH.

Yup, people DO toss such things. We’ve fished them out of the garbage bins on several occasions. At this Thanksgiving meal, we ALL hunted for that last unaccounted-for sterling fork.  LA Times reporter, Rene, found it tucked behind the toaster.

So, dear readers, that’s the message of this little post: count the sterling. I religiously do. And I count linen napkins, too.

Easter at our home this year was a gaggle of family and friends. Today, the floor is sticky. The stovetop, a ham crime scene. I just found an M&M on the carpet, and ate it. The potluck meal was gi-normous. At the last minute of prep, I decided to use the silver instead of plastic utensils. All accounted for. I hope your holiday weekend was lovely.

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1 Worth The Whisk April 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm

We missed you, E. Finn and Ivy charmed the crowd, however.

2 elise April 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

glad it was a fun one. the hospital was a bit more chaotic than typical holidays, but it was still a pretty smooth shift. definitely would have rather played with finn and ivy though…

3 Kath April 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

Yes, I always count the silver. I learned that from my mom. And I still have all of the pieces of the 12 place settings that I inherited from her.

Don’t you just love holidays full of family and friends? 🙂

4 Andrew Wilder April 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Your M&M line just made me snort! Thanks.

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