My friend Kristi and I are pulling together an Art & Eats mini retreat for a few women this weekend. Ahhhh we’re excited.
Planning this event is giving me such a wonderful outlet to focus on hospitality and fostering real-life camaraderie in my own community.
Questions you might have asked yourself before planning a gathering.
Should I buy a mum for the front door? Every good fall get together has a mum, right?
Should I spend a little time weeding the dying flower beds before everyone comes over?
Was there bird poo on the mailbox? What’s the party etiquette here? Clean it off before everyone arrives or let the rain take care of it?
Do I need another coat rack? Errrrr…
What if there’s not enough room? [Should I hire a contractor to add on a sun porch in the next 36 hours? Okay…I’m joking…but seriously will everyone fit well?]
You’ve wondered similar things?
We get entangled by unimportant details before gatherings.
Wrapped up in things that consume our hearts.
By the time the parties roll around, unnecessary prep work has exhausted us, and we’re unable to give the best to our friends, to our guests.
We’re too tired to love well, serve well, enjoy camaraderie.
So I’m choosing to bake a bazillion muffins for the ladies over weeding the flower beds. Instead of worrying over the details as I sweep the front steps, I’m praying for everyone who’s attending the retreat. I’m shifting my focus from restlessness to graciousness.
Choose to spend your time on things that will help you love people well.
Move away from the ‘entertaining’ mindset into hospitality: it’s not a show, it’s caring for, being interested in and fully present with the people who grace your home.
It’s about making space in your heart and home for others to feel welcomed, known, and enjoyed.
What do you tend to worry about before people come over? Tell me in the comments below.