Asking for Help Makes the Easter Get Together Much More Fun

 

Does the host or hostess of a gathering ever have time to enjoy themselves? They put so much work into making a great time for others

Easter Eggs with bright colors, circles, lines, stripes and a Happy Easter wish.

Have a Blessed and Happy Easter

that they often don’t have the chance to sit down and admire the job they’re doing as host.  This Easter, delegate some responsibilities.  This will free up some of your time – and help others take part in the celebration.

There’s a lot to do before an Easter party, particularly if you are having a large number of people or children to your home. Start with help from the get-go.  What is the most common response when you extend an invite for a family dinner or gathering?  Typically, it’s “What can I bring?”  And your response may typically be, “Oh nothing! Just bring yourself.” Change your response to, “Sure!  Bring dessert.”  Or a side dish or an appetizer or drinks.  Whatever it is, take people up on their offers.  It means less work for you, and it also allows others to have a sense of “ownership” in the event.

Next, have a few adults or older children help with things like Easter egg hunts. You will also want to get some supplies, activities, and movies ready for small children to keep them entertained and happy throughout the day.  It helps if you do not have to do the entertainment as

Easter Chicks wearing little pink easter bonnets.

"I Could Write a Sonnet About Your Easter Bonnet"

well as all the other hosting duties.

Let others help after the meal – this is when the real work starts! Have someone clear the table, another start the coffee and get dessert ready, put food away, wash dishes, or take out the trash.  Most hosts do not want to ask their guests to do any work – but most guests are perfectly willing to do so!  They often feel better when they take a little work off your shoulders, so it’s only polite to accept help!

Women traveling to the beat of their own drums, Bongo Drums.

Bongo Drumming: A Fun Stress Release

During times of stress, anxiety or financial woes….

one alternative method to therapy is breaking out the bongos, a pair of single-headed drums that can thump away your troubles or even turn you into a minor pop star at your friends’ homes. A group of bongo players can liven up a dull party. Unfashionable at times, bongos always seem to make a comeback. And what better time than now?

Despite their ups and downs, bongos have remained a unique sound piece through the musical trends of the eras. Bongos are inexpensive and portable. Anybody can become a hit bongo player. You just gently squeeze the pair of drums between your knees, using the fingers and palms of the hands to capture rhythms that spice up an evening. Some people play conga drums, cousins to bongos. The taller, tapering drums are played similarly to bongos.

The bongo craze probably started in the late 1800s in Cuba, but similar instruments date back centuries to Middle Eastern countries. Cuban musical styles featuring bongos became popular in American bands in the 1940s. By the 1950s, they were the rage of hipness. The choice instrument of beatniks, the pre-1960s hippies, bongos accompanied many a poet in the darkened night joints frequented by the cool artists of the day in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and other cities. Words echoed the feelings of those who felt alienated from conventional America as the thumping of bongos provided the background music. Hey, man, can you dig it? The world is such a drag.

Bongos filtered into the movie industry as the soundtracks to rebellious films, often when delinquents showed up to crash a party or rough up neighborhood residents. It wasn’t uncommon for a young Marlon Brando to play bongos in the corner of a Hollywood party to boost his image as “The Wild One.”

Bongos continued to play a pivotal role in Spanish flamenco music, jazz and rock. Bongos rolled with the punches from mambo to rumba to salsa. Gloria Estefan popularized the instrument again through her Miami sound in the 1980s, but even artists such as Sheryl Crow have used the bongo beat in songs.

Bongo and conga parties have their phases from time to time where people are invited to bring their own bongos for a night of beating the skins. Drum circles on the beach feature bongo players as people dance in the sand in the middle of a circle. Bongo party buses sometimes replace limos to take a group to events. Bongo nights headline clubs from Los Angeles to London. You can get a pair of bongos at the local music store or find a cheap pair online. Then bongo your blues away and impress your friends.