Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hosting - A Challenge or An Enjoyment

We go through seasons of life- some long, some short.  This last six months has been a season of busyness but mostly good busyness: the busyness of relationships.   More than anything, I love being at home with a book and a cup of tea.  But I also love spending time with the people I "do life" with.  And to "do life" with these people, shockingly, I have to spend time with them.

Craft night (side note- I LOVE these people)
In the past few months, I have had groups of people over- kids' craft nights, book clubs, football parties, game nights, and so on.  When I bought my house years ago, I knew I wanted to have people over, but my house is small and I am not a decorator.   Really I can only fit about 8-10 people comfortably in my house.   But what if your friends on average have 3 or 4 kids?  The numbers add up quickly.

Game night
My friends' mom has been my encouragement to get over my fear of my perception of my house. Granted- she decorates her house and makes it lovely.  And her parties always have a cute theme or look.  Confessions of hostess No one will ever say that about my house- that isn't me.

Game night part 2
But she will be the first to admit her house isn't perfect and her parties aren't perfect.  And that is an encouragement.  So I pack the people in.   A game night may have 19-22 people (nowadays 10 people in my house is a small group.) But if those 19-22 people like and enjoy each other, no one cares that it is packed or that the decorations aren't there or the food isn't perfect.

At the end of the day, it's about spending time together.


  1. That's funny (in an ironic, not a ha-ha, way) because I was thinking this morning about writing a post about imperfect hostessing in and about how the most important element is the relationship. I think I'll still do it and I'll link back to you, too.

    1. I was thinking about this and then your mom wrote something and I decided to write down my thoughts.

  2. I love this, Ginger! (And I am thrilled to learn that I have been an encourager in this area! Because it really is a joy!)

  3. This is encouraging. I always think of my house as comfortably holding 8-10, but maybe I should rethink that. Also, this reminds me that i should invite people over more. I get caught up feeling like it needs to be perfect, but you are right, it is all about the people.

    Also, it won't load my real Google account on my phone. I was trying to fix that, which is why my last comment is deleted.