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When attending a party, there are certain expectations we have of our hostess. We appreciate everything she has done, but we do assume there will be food, drinks, a clean bathroom, and a home that does not smell like the local pet store. What some people forget is there are also expectations of the guest. When a hostess plans a party, a great deal of time is spent deciding who she will invite. What group of friends go well together?

Have you ever seen someone walk into a party looking scared, so unsure of themselves, and then watched them slink off to an obscure corner? Their body language screamed, “I wish I was anywhere but here!”

You are invited!!! There is something special we feel when we receive an invitation. It is the anticipation of a celebration, the excitement of choosing what to wear, but more importantly, it is the affirmation that tells us, “I was chosen!” We know a hostess has responsibilities to ensure her party is a success, but did you know there are expectations of the guests? And your first job begins when you receive an invitation that says RSVP. Follow the six steps below and the hostess will be singing your praises!

Elevator etiquette? Did you know there was such a thing? Use these 1-minute interactions with fellow passengers to show kindness. Even the smallest gestures can make someone’s day better.

Every party needs an invitation, and there are certain guidelines that need to be followed. You have made your guest list and chosen your theme, so the next step is creating or purchasing invitations.

There are different forms of communication you can choose, from evites to hand-written notes. For a special evening, I recommend staying with an invitation that requires a stamp. For something quick and easy, an evite might be a suitable choice. No matter what you decide the information included will remain the same.

Do any of you relate to this question I received from a reader? “Hosting a dinner party alone can be stressful. I know all the work will be on me, and I am still expected to have a nice meal ready, the house clean, and have my hair and make-up done. I also need to get the children dressed, looking clean and tidy, all while nagging my husband a thousand times to do his man-chores and shower before guests arrive. He seems to wait to the last minute to get ready, then I get upset and no one is happy. Help!”

Creating the guest list for a party can be stressful. My desire will always be to minimize the pressure we put on ourselves and get to a point where all aspects of entertaining become a joyful experience. With that said, I admit deciding who will and will not be invited to an event can be intimidating. Not to add more pressure but who makes it on the guest list and who does not often pre-determines if the party will be a success or just ho-hum. Here’s the good news. If you follow these steps when creating your list, it will not matter what type of event you throw as fun will be had by all!

At Lisa Lou’s we believe no table is complete without a decorative charger! These underplates, along with napkin rings, are the go-to accessory every tablescape needs. They can dress up, or dress down, the simplest of dinner plates. Just as we can change the look of a black dress by the accessories we choose, we can do the same to basic pottery with the chargers and napkin rings we use.

What is a charger plate and why are they used? Drop into any boutique that sells place settings, and you will see tables decorated with, what appears to be, exceptionally large dinner plates. Chargers, sometimes called an underplate or service plate, can set the tone for your entire look. This is the one piece in your setting that will stay on your table throughout most of the meal, and it is the item that will be most visible to your guests once they are seated.

“I don’t know what to say when I enter a room full of strangers!” I hear this quite often from people, including some you would never suspect had any type of social anxiety. Knowing how to engage in small talk is an essential tool we need to increase our soft skills. But before we learn a few tips, we need to change our psychology.

A duck on water. On top, it appears to glide gracefully over the pond, but underneath you see webbed feet paddling energetically towards its destination. When hosting a party, we may feel more like the duck under the water than the duck on top of the water. Throwing a gathering takes time and can be stressful, but our goal should be to reduce as much of these feelings as possible. Is this realistic? It can be if we get our priorities right.

When I read the words, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” I am reminded that as a spouse and a parent, our homes and families come under our leadership. We cannot control whether those under our roof accept Christ, but we can control how we act within those four walls.

Have you attended a party where you were enjoying (or maybe not enjoying) a conversation with the people around you, but you needed to remove yourself to speak to someone else? How do we graciously extricate ourselves without seeming rude. Here are a few tips to help you exit a conversation with style.

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What I Learned When I Read the Bible

Updated: Aug 11, 2021



I learned the story of the Bible is simple. Every narrative and small parable now make sense to me, because I discovered they all tie together into God’s overall plan, which is to bring us back into fellowship with Him. Throughout the individual tales we learn about God’s character, man’s character, why we do what we do, how we can function in our daily life, why certain things mean what they mean, but regardless of which direction the adventures take us, the overall theme throughout the Book remains the same: God is bringing us home to Him.


I also learned the Bible is not written chronologically. Many verses from different books overlap. I had many “aha” moments as clarity sank in. I learned not to get confused by all the side stories. Take them to heart. Grow closer to God through them but filter every lesson through the one underlying message of the Bible: God created man; man sinned, separating us from God; God immediately began implementing His plan to restore the broken line between man and God to give man a way to return Home; but in the end, it is up to man to choose. He can go it alone, or he can return to the One who created him. That, my friends, is what I learned when I read the Bible. A simple love story of a Father bringing His children Home.


My daily discoveries will post on Sundays. As you read my findings from each book of the Bible, I hope you will take them for what they are. I am not a theologian, and I wrote what spoke to me. These are not profound teachings I am imparting. Some are simple recognitions that I did not know, or I had forgotten. Example: Did you realize the ark Noah built landed somewhere in the mountains of Ararat, which is today part of eastern Turkey? Did you know God grieves? Imagining my Creator weeping over me makes my heart break. Did anyone ever tell you there is a purpose behind the long genealogical lists, which is where many of us sigh a big UGH, stop reading, and close the Bible?


I tell all of this, so you know my daily discoveries were not always profound. Sometimes they are simply generic facts I found interesting. There are also important verses or themes that I do not mention, because they were not on my heart to write. So, take these daily postings for what they are. A daughter of Christ enjoying the mysteries of the Bible that spoke to her. My challenge? That you do your own reading, page by page. God will take you on your own adventure. The secrets He will reveal to you will be different than what He revealed to me, yet His truth will always remain visible and consistent.


The only way we discern what is real from what is a lie is to study truth. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” I knew which road would get me Home before I fully read the Bible, but now that I have digested each word, the path I travel is full of adventure, and each day brings a new surprise. I challenge you to step onto the road God began building at the fall of man and completed upon the death of Christ. A trail that now takes us directly Home. Begin your journey back to Him, with the Bible as your compass, and delight in the unspeakable treasures along the way that He has already placed along your path. There will come a day for each one of us when we reach the end of the road. The question is, which road are you on?


Together with you,

Lisa Lou