What if parties were more than just a stressful event that left you worrying about the menu, and the decor, and the expense? What if parties were more like get-togethers where you actually had a chance to re-connect and connect with old and new favourite people? What if they were the occasion where real community was created in your life? What if feasts became the place of joy, and laughter, and even tears sometimes because they were all about creating a space to really do life together? What if they weren’t all about colour schemes and the perfect menu, although there might be a little of that on occasion too? What if our hospitality really was us making room in our lives for our people, our tribes, our family, our friends, our peeps? What if we created the time and space to really be with people, and we did it all over delicious food?
I’m declaring this A Year Of Feasting -on foods and friends! (Although we won’t actually be eating any friends -in case you were worried.)
And…I’m challenging you to do the same.
Would you join me in a year long challenge to create feasts? My goal is one per month -12 feasts in 12 months!
There will be all different kinds of entertaining over the year. Some fancy, and some not fancy. Some with kids, some just with grown-ups. We’ll eat some breakfast, some lunch, and some dinner. We’ll cook some fancy food, and we’ll order some take-out. We’ll set some gorgeous tables, and we’ll just sit down on some blankets in the middle of our lives for a picnic. We’ll splurge on some special things, and we’ll be frugal on some things. But hopefully, above all, we’ll have some big fun!
Why We Are Doing This
This summer my husband and I were talking, about the big things, mostly about where we’d lost our way a little as a couple. And one of the things we talked about was how we don’t really have enough fun anymore. We’re all business too much of the time. We’ve come through the babies and small children phase and now we’re firmly into the school age kids phase. And so much of our time has become all about the business of running a family. And it’s good, these are the years to pour into our kids. But, we don’t get out much. It’s hard when you don’t have a good sitter, and your friends don’t either, and you’re always tired or busy with things like Netflix…anyone else out there in this stage too? And during our introspective conversation we decided we really needed to up the fun factor. My sweet husband said to me “I really like cooking with you.” And we remembered the first dinner party we threw together way back when we were dating. I made him buy white cloth napkins that we still have. And we determined as we kept chatting that night that we really should get back to entertaining, and connecting with our peeps in our home over great food.
That was 6 months ago…we’ve had 1 small dinner get-together since then. It’s time to get a little more intentional. And I thought you might want to join in too.
So the challenge is one party per month for a year.
Our Motto For The Challenge
I don’t want it to be all overwhelming for us.
It’s supposed to be fun. So, I’m giving myself permission for a few fancy schmancy ones, and a few easy-peasy take-out ones, and everything in-between. It’s about fun, and connecting with people. If it’s not fun we’re not interested. This will be our moto…although I am kind of a weirdo that thinks personalized menus are kind of fun. #sorrynotsorry
How You Can Join In
Here’s how you can play along. I will be doing an inspiration post at the beginning of each month. I’ll let you know what I have in mind for that month’s feast; a breakfast, lunch or dinner. Perhaps there will be a theme, a colour scheme, and I’ll share some menu ideas. I will also share some invite ideas, and we’ll all mark our calendars for that months feast, and go and invite our guests. At some point through the month I’ll have my feast, and share it on the blog by the end of the month.
- You can play along, and even share some of your pictures, or menus, or anything else over on our Facebook page or with the hashtag #ayearoffeasting on Instagram.
- You can sign up to have the Inspiration For the Month post, and the Party Post sent right to your inbox by signing up for our special A Year of Feasting Newsletter. This will remind you each month to set the date for your feast, and give you some inspiring ideas for your own get together.
- You can follow Life is a Party on Pinterest where I’ll be adding lots of ideas for each month’s feast. There will inspiration there on everything from decorations, menus and recipes, invites, and music, to activities.
You don’t have to do it the way I do it, I just want to inspire you. You might want to serve take-out or do potluck every time. You might only want to do it every other month, instead of every month. Play along on any that you would like to, in anyway that you would like to…as long as you follow our motto…it’s supposed to be fun.
With a year of feasting, life really is a party!