We have been making progress slowly but we finally knocked out painting another room and it feels so good. We painted our main living room which also allowed us to move in move furniture and shuffle items around to where they will live. It looks so good and I am glad we are one more step closer to being settled.

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We have also started having people over, whether it is for wine and appetizers or lunch, we are slowly getting back to entertaining. Hosting people is one of my favorite things to do and we have not done as much of it in the last six months or so.

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Neil’s grandmother is such a wonderful hostess and one of the best pieces of advice she has given us was to always keep our home ready for a party, so we can host at a moment’s notice. While we definitely haven’t had the house in shape for hosting but it is something I strive for. I also started recently following the home DIY blog Chris loves Julia and listening to their podcast. One of the things that really stuck with me was that they have to host while they have projects in progress, because they are always working on something. I kept thinking I wanted to at least have certain things done before we had a housewarming party or before we had too many people over.

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These two thoughts made me realize there will always be more projects and I want to have and maintain my community now, not after all the rooms have been painted. Setting a date to have a party has also given me a goal to work toward and set out which things we will get done and come to terms with the things that won’t be done.

So here is to many drinks, meals, and quality time spent with the people I care about no matter what my to do list says.

How do you prep for a party? Any tricks for hosting while working on a house or project?

P.S. A little game of I Spy in our AFTER photo … check out our new chocolate addition to the family. More in the next post.Also check out Neil’s sister Kira and my sister Tracie both featured helping in different stages in the living room! Thanks and love to our family.

Another Room Bites the Dust
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