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Yes, You Can Invite People Over! The No-Stress Guide to Opening Up Your Home—With or Without #Shiplap

Yes, You Can Invite People Over! The No-Stress Guide to Opening Up Your Home—With or Without #Shiplap

Hey Modern Farmhouse Girl!

Did you miss me? I’ve taken a two-week hiatus from blogging for good reason: I’ve been having TOO much fun with family and friends. And, if you read the title of this blog post, you know what I’ve been up to. Yes, I’ve been hosting! Or, hostessing? a.k.a. having peeps over to my place.

No, this isn’t an unusual gig for me, but in the last few months, I’ve definitely kicked my hostessing up a notch. Some background: I’ve become completely obsessed with Stephanie May Wilson, a sweet blogger out of Nashville, TN who has an amazing podcast mainly focused on relationships (just check her out for yourself to learn more). I feel like she’s one of my girlfriends and I know you’ll think of her that way too, once you check out “Girls Night” (the podcast where she interviews a different gal pal in every episode as if they’re having a pizza/wine/netflix girls night). #listentoittttt

Anyway, I don’t remember which episode this mic drop revelation got shared, but in one of them Stephanie was interviewing some smart girl who said something to this effect:

“If you never have people over in a small home, you’ll never have people over in a big home.”

Now, I’m not saying I want a bigger home. All I can think of is: more to clean! And I’m perfectly happy with the hour-or-so it takes me each week to vacuum, dust, and all-that-other-stuff-I-do-to-clean my 1,000 sq. ft condo (p.s. I’ve been listening to Girls Night podcasts while I do my weekly cleaning! It goes by much faster!) But, for whatever reason this really struck me and has stuck with me.

So, I KNOW as a modern farmhouse girl, you may cringe at the thought of having anyone over before all of your projects are “done.” #shiplap #barndoors #allthosecraftycraftsyouhaveplanned But I’m here to tell you, you CAN’T let that stand in your way of opening up your front door (which I’m sure you have a cute wreath on anyway, so that’s one thing done #highfivelady!). So, JUST CHILL. You can’t have your home perfect. Ever. But you CAN have people over anytime. Just do the following. Open a bottle of bubbly. Pour yourself a glass before all those people you invited come over. And then just enjoy some quality community time. It’s good for your SOUL!

Try these tips to get going on the hosting with NO stress:

(1) HOST THE NO-STRESS PIZZA PARTY

Pizza parties are the best. Because, pizza.

Step 1. Order a pizza (or two or three).

Step 2. You can even order a salad if you don’t have time to put one together yourself!

Step 3. Buy cookies from the grocery store (because I tried to make cookies for my pizza party and was jamming out to “Blue Tacoma” by Russell Dickerson…missed the timer going off..smoke and alarms..no homemade cookies. I had to just laugh at myself! So yes, buy the grocery store cookies!) Or ask someone to bring dessert. Also put out some fruit if you want, like apples.

Step 4. Buy wine. I won’t say no to a box at Trader Joe’s. And some seasonal candles. And some mini gourds for 50 cents! Gotta love TJs.

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Don’t forget a candle in your bathroom! Love this Vanilla Pumpkin one from TJs!

Don’t forget a candle in your bathroom! Love this Vanilla Pumpkin one from TJs!

While you’re at it throw some more gourds around! (Thoughtfully placed, of course.)

While you’re at it throw some more gourds around! (Thoughtfully placed, of course.)

Set up before guests come. Burn the candle, make your gourd centerpiece (or other seasonal centerpiece. Put out the apples. Put out spoons for salad. Put out plates, napkins and silverware in a Ball jar. Put out a cake stand for store-bought cookies. Now go get pizza.

Set up before guests come. Burn the candle, make your gourd centerpiece (or other seasonal centerpiece. Put out the apples. Put out spoons for salad. Put out plates, napkins and silverware in a Ball jar. Put out a cake stand for store-bought cookies. Now go get pizza.

TJ’s boxed wine? Check. Wine glasses out? Check. Fancy glasses for seltzer!

TJ’s boxed wine? Check. Wine glasses out? Check. Fancy glasses for seltzer!

(2) HOST THE NO-STRESS WINE & CHEESE NIGHT

Who doesn’t like wine? And cheese?

Step 1. Buy wine. And/or ask each guest to bring a bottle. (Even if you don’t ask, they probably will anyway! So: be prepared for lots of wine.)

Step 2: Buy cheese. Get a selection of hard/soft/stinky/weird/etc. Make the cheeseboard fun!

Step 3. Grab a baguette. And crackers.

Step 4. If you want to get all fancy, add honey, jams, nuts, olives, fruit, etc. etc. But no need to go crazy. People mostly want the wine. And cheese.

Step 5. Light candles (see Pizza Party above). Cheers!

Don’t forget the wine opener!

Don’t forget the wine opener!

Take a picture or two standing on a chair for your blog. Maybe you can get a nice centered picture.

Take a picture or two standing on a chair for your blog. Maybe you can get a nice centered picture.

Be all fancy with your toppings if you want. Put out cute checkered spoons for honey and nuts and jam. Use a local cutting board to display it on.

Be all fancy with your toppings if you want. Put out cute checkered spoons for honey and nuts and jam. Use a local cutting board to display it on.

(3) HOST THE NO-STRESS GIRL’S BRUNCH

Brunch is way better than breakfast. Alternate sentence: brunch is the new lunch.

Step 1: Bake something delicious. If you’re too tired to bake something, buy it.

Step 2: Put out fruit, like apples (are you noticing my trick here?)

Step 3: Make coffee. A POT of coffee. Put out mugs.

Step 4. Make mimosas. Lots of mimosas.

Step 5. Put out a healthy option like yogurt with granola and honey and fruit. You could make a fruit salad too, but no need to go over the top.

Step 6. Take fun pictures of you process, like #buttershots.

Guess how many sticks of butter go into Joanna Gaines’ biscuits?!    3 sticks.

Guess how many sticks of butter go into Joanna Gaines’ biscuits?!

3 sticks.


Whoa girl. If you want some great baked goods recipes, pick up Joanna’s cookbook “The Magnolia Table.” Everything I’ve baked outta there has been UN.REAL.

Whoa girl. If you want some great baked goods recipes, pick up Joanna’s cookbook “The Magnolia Table.” Everything I’ve baked outta there has been UN.REAL.

COFFEE.

COFFEE.

Butter dish. Butter. Jam. All the jams.

Butter dish. Butter. Jam. All the jams.

Don’t forget to put out your plates. I have my grandmother’s dishes. Plus random silverware #itworks. And napkins! Cloth napkins would be adorable, but probably too much work. But if you have them, use ‘em! Pink gingham napkins are on my to-do list…

Don’t forget to put out your plates. I have my grandmother’s dishes. Plus random silverware #itworks. And napkins! Cloth napkins would be adorable, but probably too much work. But if you have them, use ‘em! Pink gingham napkins are on my to-do list…

Mimosa stuff (just add the OJ!) top left. Plus: apples. And: my favorite berries…raspberries and blackberries and granola and honey - later I added a tub of yogurt.

Mimosa stuff (just add the OJ!) top left. Plus: apples. And: my favorite berries…raspberries and blackberries and granola and honey - later I added a tub of yogurt.

And that’s it! My suggestions for three ways to host a no-stress gathering in your home.

What are you waiting for?!

Let me know how it goes

xx

Lucy

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