Company’s comin’

I’m curious, do you regularly invite guests (friends, family or acquaintances) over for a meal? Or even a game night?
We have lived in our house for nearly eight years and outside of holidays I can count the times on one hand that we have entertained.
Ugh.. I hate to admit that out loud.
I tell myself it’s because we’re always in the middle of a renovation on one part of the house or another, but really, it’s probably mostly because I’m an introvert AND a perfectionist.  Well actually, it’s because I don’t want to clean. LOL

Dang flippin’ dust.

I think about the dusty, exposed window weights in my bathroom window, the raw wood in the kitchen that needs to be sanded and painted etc. and the chairs in the living room that I haven’t got around to painting. Then there’s the couch that I want to replace, the kitchen that I’m in the middle of painting and the monster crack on the dining room table (we’re going to build us another table, but it comes after the kitchen). Double ugh.

And did I mention I  don’t want to clean?

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I realize that my focus is wrong. All wrong.
And that I care significantly more about my mess than others would but it still holds me back.

Entertaining should be about sharing our home and spending quality time with those we care about or getting to know new friends a little better. (Blah, blah, blah. lol)

Sooo, I’m going to challenge myself. (This is how I handle things I know I need to work on.)

My challenge is to invite company over within the next thirty days. (yikes)

AND I’m not going to stress about getting the dining room table fixed before hand or all the other half done projects around the house.

I’m going to cook a simple meal and just enjoy our company.

And most of all, I’m not going to regret posting this two minutes after I hit- publish. LOL

(Who am I and where did the real Catrina go?)

SOOOO… will YOU join me in the challenge?

We all know it’s important to break bread together but if you’re struggling in this area too, will you take my 30-day challenge?
Will you commit to inviting friends or family into your home in the next 30 days?

If you’re joining me, I would LOVE to hear about it!
Feel free to leave a comment below or let me know on my Facebook page.
Just know that I’m going to keep you accountable. Lol If we say-yes, then we doing it!!

We got this! :-)

-Catrina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Spring Centerpiece

Winter is fading into history and Spring is… springing!

Living in the  desert southwest, Spring happens earlier for us. The temps start to rise and blooms start appearing while most of the country is still under snow. We are fortunate that way but our Summers are HOT. So… there’s that. :-)

But for now, we are enjoying a brief moment of ideal temps and light winds.

Seeing blooms appear outside makes me want to bring the Spring indoors! I made this simple Spring centerpiece, purchasing everything from Hobby Lobby, and you can too!

I use no hot glue (or anything else really) to secure the greenery or flowers in place and that’s the beauty of it, when you want to change out the flowers or figurine as the season changes, it’s super easy to do!

Tips:

  1. Make sure all of your greenery and flowers run in the same direction, clockwise or counter clockwise, this helps the centerpiece flow together nicely.
  2. Have fun! Don’t stress about perfection, there’s no right or wrong way to do this. If you follow my lead and not use glue you can always pull out the pieces and start again.

If you make a Spring centerpiece I would love to see it! Feel free to post it on my Facebook page.

Happy Spring!

Catrina

 

 

Three Gorgeous Folded Dinner Napkins

The cloth dinner napkin has become not only a necessity on a finely dressed table but a serious contender for top billing as the most eye catching feature. And with its rise in popularity comes the quest for the hostess to find an interesting folding technique.

Only problem is, most folds are overly complicated and more importantly, take up a ton of your precious time. Here are three quick and easy folds for your Christmas/holiday dinner taught in simple, easy-to-follow steps.

 

If you’re looking to add in a little more creativity to your place setting, here’s some inspiration for the “pocket square” fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold picks

Create your own picks for the pocket square fold.

Pocket fold napkin by CatrinaAtHome

Ruscus branches for the pocket square fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold

Ribbon background for the pocket square fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold

Velvet and frosted berries for the pocket square fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold

Simple eucalyptus leaves for the pocket square fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold

Red velvet leaf and greenery for the pocket square fold.

CatrinaAtHome Pocket square fold

Gingham check and frosted berry pick for the pocket square fold.

Of course, these folded napkins can be made with any napkin you choose! Just coordinate your napkins with your dinner ware and have fun!

If you use one of these folded napkin designs, I would love it if you sent me a photo of your place setting.

Merry Christmas!

Catrina

 

Three Quick and Easy Napkin Folds. CatrinaAtHome.com