This past weekend we had a few friends over to our house for a little holiday celebration and we had the best time. I made a few yummy holiday cocktails, we ate pizza off of paper plates, and the kids ran around like wild animals. It was perfect. Messy, loud, warm and laid back. My favorite kind of night.
I LOVE having people in our home. It’s one of my favorite things to do. But I can tell you that without a doubt entertaining in our current rental house has been challenging for me. Mainly, because it’s pushed me to reassess how I entertain and why.
Since we’re living in a temporary rental (more on that another day), a lot of our furniture is still in storage, I have no idea where most of my serving pieces are, and let’s just say that things are a little……well, tight. So having friends or family over doesn’t quite look the way it used to. Think less fine china, more…..Chinet.
But as it turns out, none of that stuff really mattered. My friends and family aren’t coming over to see how well decorated our living room is, or what Pinterest recipe I recreated. They’re coming over to see US. They’re coming over to share a part of our world, messy or beautiful, large or cramped. They are just coming over to be with us. It’s as simple as that.
I know at times we (including me) can get so caught up in wanting our homes to look a certain way, or to serve a meal that will knock everyone’s socks off. And truth be told, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s ok to feel proud of your home, or wanting to create a special experience for your guests. But the problem is when we ONLY show this side our world.
If we only open our hearts and our homes to people when our life is feeling “perfect”, then we’re only sharing a small part of who we are.
Real, authentic entertaining is about welcoming people into your WHOLE world, no matter what that looks like.
So for me this weekend, that meant welcoming my friends over to our little rental, where we let the kids run wild and we ate pizza off of paper plates. We put on some great music (to drown out said wild animals ;), lit a few candles, and sat around laughing and enjoying a few cocktails together.