Meet my Guest:
Melissa from The Inspired Room
Please welcome my friend, Melissa, as she shares her views on entertaining. Melissa has the inspiring blog, The Inspired Room, and we’re both west-coasters! We actually got to meet in Nashville in February, and we even shared a room! Melissa’s refreshing outlook on decorating, living a beautiful life, and her honest approach to her entertaining limitations (she doesn’t like to cook!), I find so freeing!
Here’s Melissa’s entertaining story …

I love decorating and creating ambience in my home. I don’t like to cook, but I love fixing up my house and making it a pleasant place for guests to spend time! I wish I was one of those women who is always making something delicious in the kitchen, but working with food just doesn’t interest me as much as being creative with my home. I would be happy as a clam if I had a personal chef living with me who would fix our meals!

I really do enjoy the process of creating a pleasant atmosphere in my home — just like some women enjoy spending time preparing a new recipe!

Does that mean my house is perfect? NO! Come on over and you’ll see unpacked moving boxes and half-completed projects. You won’t find a perfectly decorated house, fancy dishes, or an impeccably clean house either. But I do love to tidy up my house a little bit, light the candles, clear off my coffee table and make sure that my guests enjoy the experience of being in my home while we connect in conversation.

But, what about the food? I don’t want my guests to go away hungry! 

I used to feel very insecure about my lack of cooking skills. I wouldn’t have people over very often due to the stress of worrying about what I would make for dinner! Over the years, I have had to learn to find ways to overcome the fact that cooking is not my thing! I can’t use my limitations as an excuse to not have people over.

We all have different things we enjoy doing. And we all have our limitations. We just need to find our own style of entertaining and do what works for us!

In order to open my home to others on a regular basis, I have assembled a few basic recipes that I can make for guests. My meals may not be fancy, they may not be gourmet and they probably won’t impress those with culinary skills! And that is O.K. To make it even easier to entertain often, we sometimes set up a taco bar, have ice cream sundaes, or even (gasp!) a Costco meal. And you know what? It is all good!

I have finally made peace with my limitations and am willing to invite guests over even if my cooking skills are somewhat lacking! It isn’t about the food, or the house, and now that I have found my style of entertaining, I can have people over and really enjoy their company!

What are you own limitations in entertaining and what ways can you overcome them?

Oh, Melissa is so authentic and real. I just love this girl!! Would you take a minute and share your story with us?