For the past couple of years we have thrown a big party at our house around my birthday (2014, 2013). But every year I stress over who to invite. Obviously all our closest friends who we hang out with all the time. But what about those good friends who we don’t see as often, but still consider close? And if I invite so-and-so, then I’ll need to also invite so-and-so… and it’s so hard to figure out what the cut off point is. But since we always cook for everyone, I need a head count. But this year, we decided to try something new. We opened the invite up to everyone. People from church, neighbors, etc.
Since food is always the concern with unknown numbers, I just told everyone it was going to be old school potluck style. And you guys, our friends delivered. There was MORE than enough food for everyone and it was all so good! In total, I counted around 45 people in our house (and spilling into our backyard) on Saturday. And I loved the feeling of including everyone. Of knowing that there was no one who would hear about this party later and wonder why they weren’t invited.
The glow bracelets are my self portrait of the evening. 😉 We had bocce ball, corn hole, side walk chalk, giant bubbles, glow stick ring toss, and a giant coloring book to keep both kids and adults entertained. 🙂
There was a lot of madness and noise, but it was good to have our home filled with so much joy and fun. This year I didn’t get a group shot because… well… there was more chaos than normal. But I’m so glad we had this party. I’m not sure that all our parties will be open invite in the future because with parties like this, there are lots of people who don’t know each other. Which kept Christopher and I hopping around from conversation to conversation to be sure that everyone had someone to talk to. I talked to everyone who came to the party, but I don’t think I talked to anyone for more than 10 minutes. So it was pretty exhausting in that sense. But the minute I walked into our living room and saw a group of people talking who had never met each other before this night… I knew it had been the right choice. Connections were made, friendships grew, and every person who walked out of our house at the end of the night told us what a great party it was and how much fun they’d had. #success 😉
Have you thrown a party where you invited lots of people who didn’t know each other? How was that?