events, family

After the party is over


Super Bowl parties…..just for sports nuts? Or is it more than that?

I don’t know how many of you participate in Super Bowl parties, whether you’re hosting or you’re attending as a guest. I’m not a sports fanatic in any way and will commit to wearing team apparel for our local teams but that’s the extent of it. For me, tailgates and Super Bowl party are just another reason to get people together….as if!

Now if you’re hosting (mostly you ladies), you know everything it takes to get things set up for a successful event. Depending on who is attending you’ll have eager volunteers to help out with appetizers, entrees and desserts. Luckily, I have lots of family and close friends that make this a no-brainer. I don’t do much decorating but definitely lots of food prepping. This year my guests brought homemade chili, meatball sandwiches and tons of desserts.

Since space is somewhat of a thing, and most everyone has a couple of kids, the kidlets hang out in the basement and come up for food while the adults usually hang out in the living / dining room / kitchen nook / or wherever there’s space.

Since last year, I’ve been giving more thought to making my guests feel as if they are in their own home. You’d think more of them would want the take their shoes off, but that’s a different story. 🙂 As guests entered my home, I blasted football-themed music on the entertainment system and threw confetti at them. This caught on quickly and as more guests arrived, the ones already inside would cheer everybody in. From what I can gauge, this made my guests feel super special and put a smile on my face every time.

What better feeling than to know you’re welcomed. See, life is precious and short. I’ve learned that you must take advantage of the time that you have with people or you’ll spend your time regretting what should’ve been.

Of the other exciting things I discovered among my family members were: someone taking Bible classes to learn and be able to teach others, someone leaving in the middle of the party to tend to a speaking engagement encouraging men to seek God, a surprise reunion with a young man who recently entered the US Coast Guard, discovering cooking talents, meeting new friends of my family and giving them the House Rules and Procedures; the list goes on and on.

Connections made, intentional presence, good memories. That’s what the Super Bowl is to me. Whatever the occasion, whatever the reason, don’t take lightly the time that you have in the presence of family. Take every opportunity to make connections and build long-lasting bonds. <3

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