In the midst of the monthly meeting of my book club, we ladies got to chatting about family celebrations and the way in which each of us plans and carries out the events. Among the ten of us, it was interesting to hear how differently we all do things. Some of the gals go all out, cooking, cleaning and preparing homemade recipes and actually making their own home decorations. A couple rely on their kids to assist with all of the preparations and one said she entertains on a low key basis….drinks accompanied by chips and dip and no thought to special decor. The remaining women confessed that they often rent from businesses that specialize in party supplies. The name that came up the most was Done rite Party Rentals. I guess what I learned from these conversations was the fact that no one should be embarrassed when they turn to a professional for help in putting together a special event, such as a birthday, anniversary or any type of celebration. My problem used to be that I believed it was cheating if I didn’t do everything by myself for any festive occasion. My friends have been instrumental in assisting me to get over my phobia and now I will probably be the first to turn to a party rental option. Naturally, I will research carefully in order to choose the rental place that best suits my needs when I am in the party preparation mode. That all being said, I should now encourage my fellow book club members to get back to the topic we are gathered together to discuss….the book of the month that we were supposed to be reading. The next meeting will undoubtedly be focused on literature but, then again, who knows what our little group might find more interesting to talk about!