We did it. We hosted our first party at the new place. The Mister invited a few friends from work, and Saturday turned out to be the perfect day for a get-together. The sun shone brightly, the mountains were out in their glory, and we enjoyed an evening of food and laughter with friends.
The party always ends up in the kitchen, but I was surprised at just how that worked out. At our last house, we always put the food on the island, and everyone gathered around the table. We expanded the table, brought in more chairs, put on the festive tablecloth, and one lonely preschooler ate his dinner there.
We’ve never had island seating, but a few bar stools make all the difference. Here’s where the party wound up.
At Christmas, when we celebrated with family, we ate dinner at the table and moved on to the couches by the fireplace. You still enjoy the view and have a comfier place to sit. Saturday a 2-year-old climbed from chair to table to couch over and over, but nobody sat here except for a few moments when a bump on the head needed some attention.
I did force the ladies from church who came for a meeting to sit in the central seating area, and I sit here in the mornings to read my Bible and go through emails. I always wonder how to make a space more appealing. You have soft seating and a place to put food or drink, it’s a lovely view, and no one sits here. Perhaps if it had been a rainy overcast day, this area would have seen more action. We have plans to replace the aging leather chair and loveseats that the former owners left behind.
Another area nobody hung out in–no surprise–was the conversation pit. This innovation of the 70’s has past its prime. In the past three months, the only time we’ve sat in it was when the power was out in a snow storm and the Mister had lit a fire for warmth. One of our guests had a great idea, we could turn it into a ball pit just like at McDonald’s. Hmm… if only the girls were still little. We are thinking of getting rid of the recessed area. Then we could have a few arm chairs by the fireplace and not worry about a misstep in the dark.
So where do people actually hang out in our house?
For more intimate gatherings we do spend time around the table. It’s definitely where we eat dinners as a family.
The place the girls and their friends gravitate toward is the TV area. After school, my kids grab their books and a blanket and cozy up on the couch to finish their homework and catch up on their shows. While there’s no easy place to set drinks, we have a really big footstool (another bonus of the house) to up the comfort factor. To be honest, this is where the whole family gathers in the evenings.
When the Mister gets home from work, we usually enjoy cheese and crackers and a glass of wine and the view in these little chairs strategically place between the dining area and the central seating area.
We have this huge great room with lots of angles that makes furniture placement tricky. Although I call it the TV Zone, or the central seating area, it’s all one space.
We do have a few quiet corners where you can get away from the sun and everything else. An the backside of the TV Zone is a large chair and plant (more bonuses of the house).
For the moment we’re keeping them, but I don’t know how practical it really is. We also have benches flanking the front door. They’re very symmetrical, but do we need two of them filled with slippers from the past owners?They are another bonus of the house that may disappear.
We still have a lot things to figure out. I just need to relax and enjoy the process.