Monday, May 28, 2012

Hostess with the Mostess

We had friends over for dinner on Saturday. We almost didn't, because I've been feeling the pressure to be perfect lately.

Have you ever noticed how Pinterest and beautiful blogs and magazines can make you feel like if you're not Martha Stewart, you have no business throwing a dinner party?

Although I love getting inspiration from around the internet, sometimes I feel like:

We should be drinking out of striped straws from mason jars.

I should have place cards set out on the table.

The centerpiece should be dazzling.

Everything should be perfectly color coordinated.

But I could only live up to that if I had an unlimited budget and gobs of time on my hands! And then I had a reality check: my friends are coming to see US, not the table decor. Who am I trying to impress here?

Needless to say, we had a lovely evening!

What about you? Do you ever feel this kind of pressure?


  1. Yes! I get crazy about having people over and feel like I need to up my Martha Stewart game. You're right. People don't come to see our DIY talents and fancy tablescapes.

  2. I don't do much on pinterest except pin my own stuff!! I wonder what that says about me... There are a few things I've pinned that I want to make but I don't spend any of the time that some people spend looking at things they can never afford! That's what magazines at that checkout line are for!

  3. we had friends over on saturday too! and not gonna lie, definitely made some recipes i found on pinterest!

  4. Amen sister! We sat in our unmatched pajamas in front of the fire pit roasting marshmallows and I didn't take one picture lol. Yes I love pinterest but always imagine those pictures are taken by someone staning there with a cigarrtte hanging out of their nmouth in a bathrobe! lol It is very much like the internets version of a new magazine everyday! For FREE!

  5. Every single day, only with my blog! While I know I am still new at blogging, I find myself comparing to others and not learning from them. Thanks for following. I'm a new follower!

  6. Yes, all the time! Between the world of blogging and pinterest, it gets a little ridiculous! But you're right, people are coming to see you and not your things when they come to dinner. Thanks for the reminder :)

  7. Haha. Yeah, that is a lot of pressure. We don't throw dinners, but I do feel like I need to tidy up the house before people come over.

  8. I am sure your gathering was lovely!! Pinterest perfection seems so unreachable! However I do save the jars from jam + marinara sauces which make the perfect alternative to mason jars. Also you got me wanting those striped straws. They are so pretty!! I wish you could pick them up in a store instead of ordering them online!!

  9. Yes! And when I came to the same realization you did, life became easier and more enjoyable!