101 in 1001 · In Party Planning

98. host a dinner for friends

With Christmas quickly approaching, we wanted to take a night to thank our church staff and their wives for all they had done for us this past year – our first year in Augusta!

Growing up as the daughter of a pastor, I was always so grateful for people that showed appreciation to my Dad and Mom.  Living in a new area, and being a part of a different church now, we’re grateful to be those people who support and hopefully encourage our leaders who give so much of themselves!

The nights agenda was pretty low-key, just dinner and gag gift exchange, but once we finished, my friend recorded and later edited for our missionary friends in Madagascar.  Of course, Gary and I were honored to lend our vocal talents {and dancing} to this production of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”! 🙂 Enjoy!

101 in 1001 · In Party Planning

99. host a party

Through hosting a home group for a church this semester, we also had the opportunity to host two parties!  For both we tried to keep them as simple as possible: we asked everyone to bring an appetizer or dessert, we provided coffee and s’mores, and we instructed people on what to wear {since both parties had “themes”}.  Easy-peazy for the host and hostess:)

The first party in October was Halloween party. We asked everyone to dress up in a famous duo/couple costume.  We had lego people, Johnny and June Cash, Jack and Jill, Struck by Lighting, Richard Simmons and his project, Popeye and Olive Oil, Mickey and Minnie, and even The Bachelor and a contestant!  Everyone was so creative!

Halloween group | Atwell Adventures

Gary and I were Richard Simmons and his project.  Seriously, I wish you all could have experienced G staying in character all night.  Hysterical.  Richard Simmons and his project | Atwell Adventures

The second party was a “Ugly Sweater” party and the sequins, embroidery, and turtlenecks were in full force.  Ugly Christmas Sweater Group | Atwell Adventures We played a few Christmas themed games and also had a “photo booth” {aka wrapping paper from the Dollar Tree to make a photo booth backdrop. Olan Mills, anyone?}
Ugly Christmas Sweater | Atwell Adventures
I love, love, love hosting in our home and am thankful to have a husband that enjoys it as much as I do!

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95. take a sewing class

Last fall, I became interested in sewing.  I’m not really sure why – I’d never sewed before – but suddenly it seemed like a fun hobby to pick up!  {Ok, let’s be honest, I can probably blame pinterest…}

So for my birthday {last October} G surprised me with a sewing machine! I was excited but also intimidated by this machine that I had zero clue how to operate it.  Months went by, my machine sat untouched.  Finally after a few different searches, I looked up Joanne’s class schedule – and what do you know, they were having an intro to sewing class that Saturday!

I called, made arrangements, asked about details, and built up excitement for the class. And when I arrived that Saturday, the excitement quickly began to fade.

Turns out, the person I spoke to had no clue what they were talking about, and I actually had missed the class, which had been rescheduled to earlier that morning. {wommmmp, womp}

As I was finding all of this out, another woman {who also was told wrong} and I were talking to the instructor and she said she could stay over and teach the class anyways! Even though the error wasn’t hers, she was so nice and accommodating.

The class itself lasted a little under two hours and we were able to go over most of the machine and a few basic stitches.

While, I’m not sewing patterns yet, this class gave me a nudge in the right direction to practice and not to be scared that I’ll mess things up – and that if I do, its ok. I’m also looking forward to taking another class soon… hopefully we’ll all just get the times right!

sewing class | Atwell Adventures

ps – I’m not sure if all stores will do this, but I used a competitor coupon and got 40% off the class!