Not all parties are perfect and not all parties are planned. They are kinda like relationships. There are those that expose you to new ideas and exotic foods, inspiring you to try something new. And those that introduce you to new people who teach you to look at the world differently.
Some are spur of the moment, ‘pray you have something in the fridge to serve’ soirees that end up being fabulous.
Some are full of people that you’ve loved all of your life, that are old and familiar, and remind you of home, growing up, and all those wonderful feelings that come with nostalgia.
No matter what kind of party it is, great things can come from them.
We need to make time for them. We need to put down our phones and iPads, turn off our televisions, AND TALK. We need to stop pinning pictures of parties and actually have them. We need to save the sense of real community. We need to share.
It makes us smarter, it makes us more forgiving, and it makes us kinder.
OUR FIRST PARTY
Throwing a party is great fun. You get to pick a direction for the party (some people call this a theme, but “themes” can get out of hand), send out invitations, pick out a menu, and most rewardingly, you get to serve your friends by making them feel special. Because honestly, the best get-togethers, parties, and weddings I’ve ever been to are the ones I felt the most welcome at… the ones my hosts made special for their guests in one way or another.
Making something special DOES NOT mean it has to be expensive. Some of the dullest events I went to were quite pricey. Just because something costs a lot of money, does not necessarily make it special. Spending time planning and adding in a few creative details, those are what make a party special. And that is a price a host eagerly pays.
“Cheers” …to planning and hosting a special party.