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Always be prepared for the unexpected guest. Whether it is a friend stopping by after work or neighbors gathering on the front porch for an impromptu drink, here are a few tips so you are always party ready.

Whether you are entertaining overnight guests or friends just dropping by, the powder room is the one area all will ask to visit. Have you taken inventory of this part of your home lately? Make your bathroom boutique beautiful by implementing our top points below. 

May can be a crazy month with the chaos of end of school activities, home projects, and travel plans. But we need to hit pause for one day to celebrate the special mom in our life. With hearts of gold and putting others before themselves, we have gathered a list of ideas to help you honor the special lady in your life.

A few years back my husband and I attended a play that was an adaptation of the classical movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which originally starred Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy. It was a beautifully written, and quite comical, story based on the difficulties families faced in the 1960s with inter-racial marriage. The scene that stood out the most to me was when the son was trying to bring both families together for dinner. In the last line of the last act, he turns to his father and says, “Dad, we need you at the table.” With that, the father joined the others, and the audience was left with the understanding that healing had begun.

Giving a party requires a great deal of work. If you have been fortunate enough to be included in a festive soiree, it is nice to arrive with a gift for the hostess. The typical present will cost anywhere from $15-$100. What you spend will be determined by your relationship and the type of event. Is it a formal dinner? A backyard BBQ? Also, when possible, know the likes and dislikes of your hostess. If she is allergic to flowers, you probably will not arrive with a bouquet in hand.

1. Choose the table. Will you use a round that seats four or a rectangle that seats twelve? This decision will determine your centerpiece.

Warmer weather will be arriving soon, and I am seeing more of our four-legged members making an appearance in the dog parks and on walking trails. With pets taking more prominent roles in our lives, I thought it would be good to brush up on basic dog etiquette and ownership responsibilities.

Meeting friends for dinner after work, grabbing coffee with your girlfriend or just ordering pizza on a Friday night with neighbors. We all have a deep desire to be connected in a world that often forgets the importance of relationships. Many of us have the desire to entertain, but we let our circumstances keep us from extending hospitality. Often it revolves around our lack of confidence in our ability to host events. I get this!

A toast may be offered in any setting and made to an individual or a group. Increase your confidence at your next social gathering by learning the ins and outs of this ancient tradition.

A perfect entertaining year for me would be hosting a different themed party each month! Will I do that? No. Will I dream about it? Yes! If I cannot have a party every 4 weeks, I can at least help my Lisa Lou family with ideas so hopefully a few of you can carry the torch of hospitality for the rest of us.

  • Writer's pictureLisa Lou

Sin Causes Us To Blame - Week 6

Updated: Feb 5, 2021

I learned man’s fallen nature does not like to sin alone. When we do something, we know we should not do, our human reaction is to bring others down with us. “…she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” (Genesis 3:6 ESV).

Eve gave her husband the apple to eat, after she had taken a bite. Assumedly, she would have already had her eyes opened to the truth of evil, but she still allowed her husband to walk the road of sin with her. The old phrase, “Misery loves company” was never truer than in the Garden of Eden.

I also found it interesting the Bible says Adam “…was with her…” This is another truth about sin. If we do not know why we believe what we believe, our convictions will not be strong enough to stand against popular culture. Peer pressure overtakes us, and we will go along with the crowd. What would have happened if Adam had said to his wife, “What are you doing? Don’t eat that!” I learned how important it is we surround ourselves with godly people in our lives that will hold us accountable and help keep us from taking a wrong turn in life.

“The man (Adam) said, ‘The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’” (Genesis 3:12 NIV). I feel like I am listening to a 3-year-old, “This wouldn’t have happened if you hadn’t made her. It’s your fault! She made me do it!” We should think about this the next time we do not accept responsibility for our own actions and try to blame others. We are acting like Adam. We are mimicking one of the first sins, and a childish one at that.

Summarizing, the three things I learned about the first sin: we want others to suffer with us when we make poor decisions; when we are tempted, instead of standing up against the crowd, we tend to cave to peer pressure; when we sin our first reaction is often to blame others.

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