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Myquillyn Smith, The Nester, is a home stager, redesigner and design school drop-out. Her last home (a rental) was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows, Ladies' Home Journal and in her upcoming design philosphy book, The Nesting Place: It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful....

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  1. GASP! 🙂
    A little gem I’ve picked up: don’t sweep the floors before a party…no one looks and if they do, they just assume it’s BECAUSE of the party…wait to do it after…because it’ll need it even worse then!

  2. Yes…I’ve sweated over perfecting the party and felt scared because this or that was NOT perfect…but then…everyone comes up to me and says such positive things…and I remember it’s more about the connecting than the perfection. 🙂

  3. I can’t wait to entertain once our yard has grass in it (it’s ALL dirt right now because we are laying sod, Lord willing). This sounds like the perfect get together! So many times we as believers only invite other believers to our gatherings and stay w/i our safety net. We don’t always have to have the perfect “Christian” gathering. There doesn’t always have to be a devotional and it shouldn’t always be “safe” with fellow believers, otherwise, how is the rest of the world going to see Christ in us?

  4. I’ve lived in an “undone” house and yard for 5 years. That’s a lot of opportunities missed for not connecting. Thank you for your words. It’s a reminder to me to not worry about the place, but to invest in “connecting”.

  5. Perfect …. absolutely perfect. I am getting ready to move back to a town where I have a lot of old friends who I am getting reaquainted with. I am planning on having a “perfect party” too and as there will be people from all walks of life, beliefs, etc. this is a perfect time to show Christ and be friendly…..because I love ALL of my friends.

  6. Obviously you have ‘caught’ your own lesson. Isn’t it amazing how the best parties turn out? Reflecting on them will help you have an even better one next time, although you can’t see how it could go any better. I like to journal these life-changing events, recording comments, compliments, comical happenings along with names and ages of my guests. No pics? Word pictures will have to do. One of the best pieces of advice I learned: the worst faux pas isn’t on the table. It’s an uptight hostess. You get the gold star. Bless you.

  7. That sounds like a wonderful time! Love that you opened your home, perfect or not, and embraced those that came through your door with loving kindness! True hospitality right there.
    Blessings,
    Stacey

  8. This is exactly the kind of party that we throw! The point is for everyone to enjoy themselves. Thank you for sharing.