Holiday Entertaining is not about your Tablescape or Instagram Snaps
Something miraculous happened. We hosted a holiday gathering and did not get stressed ahead of time. While we did decorate, clean, bake and chop food in the hours leading up to the party, it was all done with an air of ease and relaxation. We think it was because we had decided to be less-stressed this year, or maybe it was also due to the fact that a playful puppy was underfoot, demanding treats, cuddles and play-time in the lead-up to the party.
We also noticed that friends chatted, ate and toasted each other for most of the party. There wasn't constant social media documentation of the decor, the party outfits or the food. It was like it was the pre-smart phone era, and we loved it. Yes, we did snap some group pictures (with these amazing Target photo props), and yes, people posed with Guinness (because why wouldn't you pose with a puppy?). And, some people examined and photographed our tree (we had some sweet ornaments), but we also went old-school and did guest portraits with our polaroid (which also allowed us to send friends home with a small memento of the evening). Holiday movies played in the background, and friends swapped stories. It was what parties should be about - the company. Here's our holiday toast - to friendship and being thankful for the people in our lives.