Simple Gatherings is a book by Melissa Michaels.It aims to help you arrange simple get-togethers without worrying about being perfect.Welcoming guests into our homes take time effort and heart .When we are too scared, inviting guests take a back seat.
What is the Book about?
It tells you why it’s important to open your home and heart to receiving guests.It helps you plan on a budget.
It gives you have fun decorating, to make any party unique without stressing about it.
It inspires you to break the traditional party invites and go for your own style.Afraid of hosting a dinner party?Host a dessert party.Don’t want to cook?Make it a potluck or add a unique touch to the food delivered!
Melissa gives ideas for children’s parties, tea parties, dinner parties and everything in between.
Through the different chapters in the book Melissa gives us tips to plan the menu, gifts, decorate the home, arrange entertainment and even gives tips on the conversation.
She explores the mind and soul behind the fear of hosting parties.Makes you look inside about why you fear it.Only when you know your weaknesses can you rise above Click To Tweet
Her sensible and matter of fact approach to the overwhelming task of planning a party,makes this book a delightful read.
What did I love?
The step by step guide to planning, organizing, decorating which doesn’t involve a million dollars and 100 people.She gives simple DIY tips and menus to make any occasion shine.
Who will it help?
- It helped me and it will help you if you shiver at the thought of arranging a party and mommy duties (plus life goes on as it is).
- It is for you, if you love to party and arrange them.It will be your handy checklist.
- It will help you if you love parties and hate arranging them.The book will break down the mammoth tasks into sizeable chunks and make it less of a challenge.
- It is for the busy mom and new wife, the professional, SAHM or WAHM.It is for you me and all mompreneurs who love to welcome guests into your home and heart but don’t want to lose your head over it.
When it comes to theinspiredroom I have a lot to say.It is my favorite home decor blog because it’s real.It’s not about the perfect Pinterest pictures, it’s about feelings.I learned homemaking skills step by step reading Melissa’s books and blog.
In 2014 when I started writing I was gifted Melissa’s first book Love the home have.It was beautiful and made me realize life rarely gives you perfect everthing .
When I was feeling sad about shifting 6 homes in 4 years Melissa gave me a chance to find my home.
She showed me the way to love the home I had.
Now I absolutely adore home and garden blogs and magazines.Before I started writing Melissa’s was one of the few blogs I read.But in India, the weather and dust make decorating like the inspired room(her blog )difficult.Guess what I did?I applied the principles.Her ideas of what makes a house a home are timeless.
Having an almost clean home is my goal.Just like her.With children in the home its difficult to do more than that
Then in 2016 when I was in between everything, struggles inside and outside I got a chance to read her book Make room for what you love.Your inner world does reflect your outer world.
Getting rid of clutter at home makes me more focused.I published two books and my blog is finally finding its feet.Its also three years old.It is time to learn new stuff right?
That’s probably why
Simple Gatherings: 50 Ways to Inspire Connection (Inspired Ideas) right on time.My daughter is five and now we can almost see the sofa (the books have found shelves).Though I love socializing with my friends and family.But the amount of organizing and cooking makes me feel faint.
Reading Melissa’s book I am starting to feel brave again.I am a reluctant cook.So maybe I will cook some and arrange for home delivery for the rest.
In between works just fine.Christmas is just around the corner= so planning a Christmas Eve party is what I want to use the book for.
Melissa said, “shop your home first”. So I will probably be looking through the cupboards and boxes before I go shopping.
Give the planters a fresh coat of paint?Or should I get these lovely metallic planters?Loads of fairy lights for the balcony garden.I love how the fairy lights are used as part of the decor.Its a little bit of magic!
I will cook the mains and get the rest delivered.Or should I go for a catered party?Not a big party.Only family. I love the catering by Savourites(they are the people who manage 6 Ballygunj Place Kolkata)
And I really want those gelato cakes from Mamma Mia!
Do you love giving parties.Check the book out,its the best guide you can have.
Book Blurb Simple Gatherings:
You don’t have to have impressive culinary skills, a perfect house, a large budget, or elaborate decorations to host a festive gathering. That’s the heart of Simple Gatherings by Melissa Michaels, creator of the popular blog The Inspired Room.
This first release in her new Inspired Ideas series overflows with engaging photos, doable tips, and plenty of friendly motivation as Melissa shares how to:
- Discover your style—Easy Breezy, Nervous Nester, Perfectionist, or Social Butterfly
- Create personalized shortcuts, checklists, and sanity-savers
- Turn to hassle-free recipes, housecleaning and decorating tips
- Make others feel welcome and included
- Plan gatherings big or small: outdoor, indoor, guest-of-honor, kid-friendly, and more
Be inspired to let go of the stress so you can celebrate family, friends, and a new tradition of hosting simple yet memorable gatherings!
About the Author
Melissa Michaels is the creator of The Inspired Room, the Better Homes and Gardens Readers’ Choice Decorating Blog winner in 2014, and is the author of Love the Home You Have. With creative, simple ideas and a friendly style, she inspires nearly half a million women each month to love their homes and lives. Melissa is a regular contributor at (in) courage.me and is frequently featured in top publications and web communities. She and her husband live in Washington where they planted a church in 2009.
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