This week I hosted a small group of friends for an UsborneChildren’s Books party. My friend Jenny is a new consultant, and I wanted to help her get up and running. (I also happen to be a big fan of the book line, and it was a great excuse for me to add to our library!)
I set the date with Jenny, and invited some friends…and then, frankly, I started to dread it a little bit.
When would I have time to clean the house?
When would I have time to prepare the munchies?
What if no one could come?
I did my best to set aside those reservations, and I started to plan.
I decided to work around a theme…”Dive into a Good Book”. My mind began to spin (in a good way) with visions of beach-y décor and a flight of sweet and savory dips.
[Get it? Dive into a book…dive into dips? Perhaps it was a bit of a stretch, but it made me chuckle.]
While it was a bit of a feat to do some cleaning and straightening downstairs (especially since our girlies came down with a virus early in the week), and I had a couple of late nights getting everything prepped and ready…
…I had so much fun!
There’s definitely something really energizing about seeing things come together…the yummy dips, the fish-shaped bowls, and the beach towel and sand bucket spread on my kitchen island…
…and of course, time spent with friends – especially propped around my countertops, the heart of my home – makes my heart sing.
This week, I’m reminding myself – challenging myself to remain AWARE – of how much I enjoy some casual entertaining.
Yes, it’s work. But, it doesn’t have to be perfect. (I didn’t catch a single person on Thursday night checking the bottoms of my chairs for lint!)
And it’s so much fun to break from the norm…challenge some creative juices…and appreciate time with friends.