sean and i hosted a small gathering of our closest friends for a little cocktail party thursday night. it was nice and low key – i asked everyone to bring an appetizer or dessert, and we provided a few and the drinks. i knew i couldn’t handle much stressful party prep, so here are my tips for the lazy man’s guide to a simple party:
-i pulled out my christmas plates, which i had totally forgotten about. i never thought i’d be a christmas plate person, but 2 or 3 years ago i got these in the target clearance dollar section. read: 19 cents a plate! also used were my in-law’s wedding dishes that my m.i.l. gifted to me.
– another super simple but easy touch, again tying in with the decor: fold up the napkins, lay on the fork and wrap with a piece of yarn. i prefer a knot, but a bow made more sense for quick untying for use.
– my only “real” decor for the night: all the candle sticks i own, scattered along the center of the table, along with a few ornaments and yarn wrapped mason jars. the glittered candle sticks were from a christmas craft a couple years ago.
– another tip for ya: buy mason jars. buy them whenever, wherever you see them. i have tons in lots of sizes and never have paid much for them. i use them for candles, drinks, flowers, gifts all the time! pretty much everything looks good in a mason jar. *note to self: do a post on mason jar uses*
here’s me and my joy. love her. love her. she is always good for yummy food, a listening ear, and when needed, comforting arms and a willingness to rescue my kids. she’s a gift all on her own. and my 3 kids are going to marry her 3 kids, so we’ll get to be family some day!
ok, so if you don’t know by now, i don’t like to clean my house. well, its not so much that i don’t like to clean it, its just that i don’t prefer it. i don’t really have time to do a decent job, with working and all, but when i do have time, i’d rather do anything else. but hosting a party or gathering is a sure-fire way to get me to clean my house. but i don’t have the determination to just clean, from top to bottom, all day long. so i clean a little, then start to decorate. examples: i set out all the pretty candles on the table. then i swept and mopped under and around it. its not until i am making something pretty that i have the desire to make the rest of the area clean. when i set out the plates, i decided the counters really should be wiped down. and when i was preheating food, the kitchen got a good wipe down. so i reward myself for cleaning with a little decorating, ’cause really i’d rather ditch the cleaning and do only the pretty stuff!
oh, and the food – did i tell you i renamed costco “scratch”? as in, all the food i served was “from scratch”. all of it – brie, spanikopita, cream puffs, meatballs – so easy.
it was a fun night with long-time friends, a time when sean and i felt truly blessed at the group we had surrounding us and who God had placed so perfectly in our lives.