Okay, so confession time: I don’t have a habit of hosting much of anyone in our home…unless it’s summer and we can head outside. :-) So, here are my winter excuses by the numbers:
1. We live in 915 sq. ft.
2. We have only 4 places to sit in our living room.
3. Our home is the smallest in our circle of family/friends.
SO, when it’s time to gather somewhere in the colder seasons- our place is usually not first, second, or even third on the list. Knowing that we spend our time invading someone else’s home, we try hard to contribute to the time while we are there. Helping bring food, prepping the meal when we arrive, clearing dishes or cleaning the kitchen area partway through the evening, making time BEFORE our kids meltdown to help get the toys picked up…etc. Other times I bring a nice hot coffee drink to the mom hosting us, or a loaf of bread or bag of fruit to contribute to the lunch crowd.
Summer tips? Hit the dollar store and Walmart. Buy more squirt bottles, spill proof bubble things, cheap balls, buckets, sponges, and sidewalk chalk than you have children. Make sure there is enough of the cheap, fun summery stuff for your kids AND all of their friends. It’s such an easy way to avoid potential conflict within a gaggle of kids and it lets the parents enjoy their time so So SO much more.
:-) Happy Hosting…!