Welcome friends! If you are visiting from Jones Design Studio a special welcome to you! Today is a fun day because I get to tell you about an amazing book and offer you a chance to win an incredible giveaway. Melissa from The Inspired Room has been a blog friend for the last 10 years. When I first started blogging, she was one of the bloggers I most admired–and that hasn’t changed over these many years! Melissa has a new book out called Simple Gatherings which speaks right to my heart. If you love the idea of entertaining, and want some creative encouragement on how to do so without stress or perfectionism, then this book is for you! You can purchase the book at Barnes & Noble, Christian Book, or on Amazon using my affiliate link here.
To celebrate the launch of her book our group of five bloggers are hosting a “Progressive Launch Party” with FIVE separate giveaways, each hostess is giving away a unique set of prizes to a lucky winner! You could win more than one, so be sure enter them all.
Hosting with Simplicity & Style
I grew up with a mom who was (and still is) the queen of hospitality. Whether the gathering is for our family, for friends, for business, or for strangers, my mom knows how to throw together a special event with good food, beautiful atmosphere, and special touches like a boss. She makes every gathering special, and I have learned a lot by watching her example over the years. Melissa’s book Simple Gatherings is like having a surrogate mom come alongside you and show you how to entertain with simplicity and style! Simple Gatherings will help you…
- Simplify tasks and focus on what guests remember most: the atmosphere, feast, conversation, and special touches
- Reduce stress when you embrace your authentic hosting style, easy DIYs, and the freedom of using what you have
- Celebrate people as the centerpiece of any gathering with simple activities that spark conversation and connection
What’s Your Hosting Style?
Melissa has a light-hearted quiz to help us find our “hostessing style.” I took the quiz and had to laugh at my results. The Perfectionist. Ha! Guilty as charged! I admit that I often get so wrapped up in the beautiful details of entertaining that it interferes with my ability to just enjoy myself as a hostess. I love setting a gorgeous table and creating amazing food, but all of that work often leaves me feeling weary by the time the guests arrive. The thought of all of the work involved frequently paralyzes me from extending hospitality in the first place.
During our recent move, I was reminded how silly it is to put so much pressure on myself when entertaining and what a barrier it creates to connecting with others. We were days away from the moving truck’s arrival, and I was exhausted from packing up the house. The last thing I wanted to worry about was dinner when I had just packed up all of our pots and pans. Our “twin row home” neighbors asked us over for hamburgers, and I’d never been so grateful! As a working mom with twin toddlers and a preschooler, her home was far from perfect but that did not matter to me one bit. The food was humble and amazingly delicious. She even went out of her way to make my Homemade Blueberry Mint Lemonade Recipe for the occasion and the thoughtfulness of this gesture was touching. It was the perfect meal, and I was honored to be in her home with her family enjoying a meal together.
My hosting style is Perfectionist, but I’m working to change that. I am grateful to Simple Gatherings for the reminder that hospitality need not be stressful!
The Giveaways – Prize Packs
In the spirit of hospitality and to encourage you to host your own simple and stylish shindig, Melissa is giving away FIVE different prize packs. One prize pack is featured per blog so be sure to visit all of the blogs linked at the bottom of the post and enter all of them for a chance to win. Follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below in order to enter.
My prize pack includes the following Terrain items (Anthropology store):
Progressive Party Hostesses
Once you’ve entered my giveaway, be sure to visit everyone in the launch party to enter all of the giveaways! If you started at Melissa’s blog, your next stop after me is Sandy at Reluctant Entertainer. Good luck friends!
Melissa Michaels The Inspired Room
Emily Lex – Jones Design Studio
Beth Hunter – Homes Stories A to Z (You are here.)
Sandy Coughlin – Reluctant Entertainer
Bre Doucette – Rooms For Rent
Jen Schmidt – Balancing Beauty & Bedlam