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A Hostess on Fire

Iused to love it when the fire alarm would be set off in elementary school. A huge Cheshire Cat grin would come across my face that I would try to wipe off as we lined up to exit the school. It’s not that I enjoy danger. It was the release from mundane. The break from the routine brought about an uncontrollable giddiness in me. I honestly couldn’t help myself.

I now believe this is why I adore parties and entertaining. Daily life can become mundane for me. Rinse and repeat. A party or social event adds the unexpected spark to my routine. On an event day, I do not arrive at elementary, do my workshop, circle time, and calendar. The day is different. It is often frazzled, chaotic and maybe most importantly – new! It’s unexpected. The fire alarm goes off!

The other not-so-selfish reason why I love to throw a party is because of others. I love seeing someone transported from their daily life into a new world. When a very pregnant woman is surrounded by friends and the joy of being a new mom – she tends to forget her swollen feet and expanding waistline. Or when a bride blushes opening up a negligee, thoughts of how her fiance and her are fighting over wedding details vanish and the joy of marrying him overflows. A party is a chance for a mom to remind her son that he is her super hero…. or a daughter how she truly is a princess. I will never forget the baby shower after the adoption of my Ethan and Vienna. The immense trial I had been through wiped away, and I was nothing but a new mom. It was perfect. A well-planned event tells the guest of honor and the guests – they are truly loved. They matter. Worth celebrating. I just love that so much. With my products, I try to create something unique that will send a message to the guest that something fun and new is going to happen to them on that special day.

As more and more party blogs pop up all over the internet and my business has been taking off, I have been rethinking my purpose in blogging. I don’t want my blog to be just a place to feature the latest party or invitation I put together. (Not that I don’t mind an “atta girl” every now and then. Who doesn’t?! ) But due to the time commitment, I need it to have a purpose. I don’t want to take it too seriously. But in all honesty, I am like you. We want to spend time on something that means something.

In 20 days, I am turning 30. I’ve always just had a feeling that 30 would be a good year for me. I actually love the sound of being 30. It makes me feel grown up. No more pull-ups. Thirty means it’s time to be the woman you are meant to be. (P.S. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t planning the best party EVER!! Think Marie Antoinette meets Oprah’s favorite things minus the trip to Australia. Yes, ladies. Let us eat cake. Now I feel like I’ve told you too much…I digress…) Anyway, I am turning 30 and I want it to be a great year. I want to grow. I want to take some chances. I want to fail. I want to succeed. And maybe most of all, I want to have fun. I want to stand a little taller. Weigh a little less. Wrestle my kids to the floor more often. Kiss my husband with more passion. Laugh too hard. Work too hard. And do my hair every day. In other words, I want to pull the fire alarm. I want to expect the unexpected.

I want to become the woman I’ve always wanted to be. Part of that woman is an extremely good hostess. I love people who make other people comfortable. People who make others feel special just by knowing them. It truly is an art. To me, that is a good hostess. And although, I’m better at being a hostess than I was five or ten years ago, I still have room to improve. So that is my purpose in blogging. This blog will be an exploration of becoming a great hostess. I’ll still be showing you my products I’m working on. I’ll show my parties I’ve thrown for my clients and friends and family. But hopefully (fingers crossed), we will discover together excellent and inspiring tips on how to not only throw a fabulous party without the fuss, but to make others feel special effortlessly – not only at special events but in day to day life as well. I am not a believer less is more. I believe in knowing more you do more, but you do it so well it seems like less. Does that make sense? That’s what I want to do this year. Learn more, do it better until it becomes effortless.

So let’s entertain, ladies. I am turning 30. I’m pulling the fire alarm!

Blog to you soon,

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