Friday, November 30, 2018

Simple hosting (Becoming Minimalist)

We had a really simple Thanksgiving this year, and it was my first time in almost twenty consecutive years, not hosting one or the other side of the family.  I didn't hate that, and realized I was due for a different type of holiday this year to recharge.  Even those of us who adore hosting need breaks apparently.  

It got me thinking though... how easy it is to overcomplicate things in the hosting world.  We see table scapes now, that are piled high with so much swag... plates stacked on chargers and more plates, and no room for food anywhere on the entire table.  That feels fussy and complicated to me.  Does it to you also? I often like to purchase a cute package of printed paper napkins that apply to the occasion, and those can be all we seem to need to make the event feel festive.

When I was at Ikea recently, I purchased some yummy mulled drinks to have on hand for my kids. (I wish I had gotten a few more bottles, they love them!)  The day before Thanksgiving, I took five whole minutes maybe- could have even taken about two minutes in all honesty.  I put one of the bottles out, some glasses with cute straws that I almost always keep on hand in a variety of colors, some dried orange slices in a jar for fun garnish, and some little tarts from Trader Joes.  Amazingly simple in both expense, preparation and display, yet pretty and thoughtful.  Hosting, if it's anything, should be pretty and thoughtful. 
I've been places where I felt like an afterthought- we all probably have. But anything we open our home for, can be simple and casual, but still laid out ahead of time to let people know that they matter. That they were thought of beforehand. I love store-bought items for sake of ease and I love that you can take anything store-bought and make it pretty and festive for those you love.  The holiday season has enough pressure.  Give yourself a break and make it all as simple as you can.  Spend your energies in making things thoughtful, and you won't collapse on December 26th from holiday burn out.  

What do you think about this idea? I'd love to hear your favorite ways to keep things simple, yet pretty, if you'd care to share with us in comments!


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    1. Oh thank YOU! What a sweet compliment. I am really finding that this is a choice, so I can see where it could be easy to need to redirect myself as time goes by! XOXO

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  2. Your set up for home gatherings is always perfection in my book. You have that unique gift of making it beautiful and welcoming at the same time. A couple years ago, when my oldest daughter came home for Christmas, she posted my Christmas Eve counter goodies on her Facebook page. She wrote something sweet about coming home to all this good food but all I noticed was the imperfections of the somewhat old countertops and the not pinterest looking placement of the food. I don't know why, we as women, are sometimes so hard on ourselves. I don't think our mothers cared as much. Lol

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    1. Oh yes we all do this! And you're right, I don't think my mom ever felt that way... if she did, she sure never let on. She hosted effortlessly, and usually in such an easy and non-fussy way. She always made it more about the people and foods taste, than anything else.

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  3. Cute. I love this. XOXO

    <~justplainbet, but can't log out and relog in with my new information (I haven't used blogger in maybe 4 years).

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  4. Hi Sasha,

    I always love all your great ideas! Thanks for sharing them! I especially love the simple ideas for entertaining.

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    1. Thanks Deborah! I think simplest always has the best end results for sure!

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  5. Love the idea, I'm thinking along these same lines. Hosting my husbands side of the family and my past experience is all the fluff is list on them. So simple and welcoming it the best route for all. Thanks for the encouragement. Merry Christmas to you and your family.....always love your posts.

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  6. Thank you so much Kristie! And yes, I think it is lost on my extended bunch as well! Maybe one or two sis in laws enjoy it though so it's worth it to me to put in efforts. I am definitely doing LESS though!

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  7. I love to have people over. My decor is cute & comfortable country style. (Biggest compliment ever was when two of my daughters-in-law both wanted to decorate 'just like (me)' when they got married.) I definitely like to be able to focus on my guests, rather than fussing with extravagant food or decorations when I have people over. If I have extra time, I love to bake homemade desserts . . . but if it's a last minute "Mom, can I have 10 teen friends over tonight?" I pull out a boxed brownie mix, add espresso instead of water, and they all think I've made homemade Mocha Brownies. :) A few weeks ago, we had 8 guests for breakfast and lunch (the day after a late night football game). I knew I didn't have a lot of time for cooking or baking, so I bought deli sandwich fixin's and everyone made their own custom sandwiches for lunch. Then we had about 6 flavors for Italian Sodas, and a bag of chips to go with our sandwiches. Simple, yet tasty and fun!

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