Let's Look | Entertaining Ideas

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Why hello there!
Yes, it is Wednesday and I am finally getting a post up on here.
That's just life these days :/

Anyway...I'm linking up with Erika & Shay today for their monthly Let's Look series!

Today is all about Entertaining!!!
Oh how I can't wait to be able to have get togethers again!

Instead of showing you how I entertain (because I haven't been able to do so in a hot minute),
I have a few tips for you that will help you out next time you are hosting a big group of people.

1. Plan ahead!
Honestly, I start brainstorming most parties or gatherings I host a good 6 months or more in advance.
From the guest list to the food...I write it all down.
Staying organized and on top of things will make your party run smoothly.

2. Pick a theme and run with it!
I love a good theme!
It can be as simple as whatever the nearest holiday is, or whatever your imagination comes up with.
A theme is a great way to help you narrow down the decor for the party, the food, etc.
You can even pick a few specialty drinks too so you don't have to furnish a full bar.

3. Don't think you have to do it all!
Enlist the help of family or friends to pitch in.
You can have each family bring a dish, or supply the drinks, etc.
Don't try to be Superwomen!
It just brings on a lot of unneeded stress to you and you will project that stress onto those around you.

4. Don't be afraid to keep things simple.
You don't have to make everything super fancy.
Don't have serving dishes that all match or even have serving dishes?
Don't let that stop you from hosting a great party!
You can use whatever you have in your cabinets, or dare I say leave those chips in the bag ;)
If your friends care that much about the presentation of the chips and dip you might need new friends.

5. Enjoy yourself!
The dishes don't need washed the moment they are empty and put into the sink.
Live in the moment with your family or friends.
Make memories!

What are your tips for a successful party?
Let me know in the comments below :)

XOXO ~ Vanessa

The Friday Faves #45

Friday, November 8, 2019

Hey Hey Friends!
Linking up with Andrea, Narci & Erika for another week of Friday Favorites!

Let's dive in shall we :)

Every Friday in X's class the star student reads a book to the class, shares a poster about themselves, etc.
And every Friday morning X's teacher sends out a pic to the parents :)
Can anyone guess who's kid is standing up and saluting?!?! 

Since Friday was November 1st, I decided to join this fun 30 days of gratitude prompt on Instagram :)
It's not too late to play along with me!

On Monday I shared all about our fun filled weekend!

Instagram was killin' it this week!
Which one (or more) are you?

Pretty sure I'm a mix of Kim, Amy, and Lisa.

Both of those two are scary, funny, and true! lol!

On Wednesday evening we headed to Barberton High School to watch the high school boys play in the State semi-final soccer game.
Boy was it intense!
Unfortunately, they lost 3-2 :(
But they played so well!!!

For homework this week X had to write about a veteran in his life.
None of them are still living at this time, but it didn't stop me from teaching X a little bit more about my grandpa :)

When my dad sent me the information he included the pic below as well.

See the kid on the left side standing on the floor while the rest of the row is standing on a riser?
That's my dad!
He was a good 5 feet tall or more in 2nd grade!!

X had his first two basketball practices for the year this week and he is loving it!

On the blog this week I shared some fall pin-spired outfits that I am sure you will love!


And on Thursday I shared more home renovation inspo for our family and dining room!

Chelsea Symmetrical Modular Sectional with Ottoman

And that is it for the week my friends!

Looking forward to celebrating my grandma's 85th birthday this weekend :)

Hope you all have a great day!

XOXO ~ Vanessa
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