Weekend Update

Stephanie and I had our first real social event Saturday night, and things went really well. It’s always a challenge to figure out the logistics of socializing in a new place – what rooms will people hang out in? How do people move around the house? How do we greet people, grab their coats, offer them a drink, and make sure all the food is out and ready? What the heck are the cats doing?
We only a had a few minor mishaps – me pouring boiling punch on my hand while serving, I completely forgot to take pictures – but in all it was pretty comfortable. I don’t think we have a big enough living room to really host watching Christmas specials well, but not many people have a living room that big. Otherwise, though, I think our house really allows people to move around and socialize well, and we coordinated socializing with hostessing tasks pretty well. I learned a lot about what to do and what not to — I think I have some much better ideas about food prep for future parties that will allow us more time to socialize with guests. It always sucks when someone gets stuck in the kitchen.
In general, Stephanie and I have some smaller gatherings planned for the future, which will be great for really getting to talk to our friends. We want to have some people over for dinner, and we want to resume having regular game nights. And I can’t wait until we have a front porch/back deck party in the spring or summer — our house will really rock for that, because our front porch is huge.
Sunday we had a really casual, lazy day for the first time in months. I read a lot, Stephanie skated, we took the dog for a walk, and played with the cats. It was great, and very relaxing. I really love our house.

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2 comments on “Weekend Update
  1. Vanessa says:

    That’s awesome. Mel and I really love our house, too. I hosted a surprise b’day for Mel in September. It was the first event we hosted in our house, and I had to do the planning without Mel, obviously.
    We have a finished basement, so I expected to have a group of people upstairs and a group downstairs. All our electronics are in the basement, plus I set up a game table down there. Surprisingly, everyone stayed upstairs. We had about 25 people and had plenty of room in the living room, dining room, and kitchen.
    Enjoying your house is a good thing.

  2. Jonathan Atwater says:

    No mention of my card? I heard it was a big hit…I give you permision to scan it if you want. Since I am no longer in the blogging business. Still waiting for my bumper sticker… Love ya

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