The After Party House


The quiet of my home, after hosting a party, is one of my favorite things.  


Once everything gets put away, I am left with a clean and tidy house.  The emptiness after a house full of food and decor feels refreshing.  And if I am lucky enough to have some flowers leftover, placing them purposefully in places for me to enjoy over the next week makes the house feel extra special.


As an introvert, I feel blessed at the relationships built and the conversations had, but having the house all to myself allows for just the quiet I need to let a happy heart settle in.


I love having people in my home, but I also love the quiet when everyone goes home.  My heart is more full than it was before and it reminds me of the blessing that is in welcoming people into my life.


The after party house is one of my favorites.  But I cannot have it until I open up my home and invite people in.  It can be work, that I enjoy, but it is well worth the outcome of deeper relationships and a quiet house that, in its stillness, reminds me of just how much I am blessed.

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12 comments:

  1. I love this. The Hubs and I have been enjoying having more people over since we moved, but it's true the aftermath is pretty awesome as well.

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  2. I've tried making creamy peanut butter in my food processor and I have the 13 cup kitchen aid one and it does not get that creamy! I even put some olive oil in to try to make it soother and that didn't help much either except to put in more calories. Can't wait to use my mom's to give this a try looks delicious!

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  3. Love this post Ash - so so true! I love the build up of a party - the organising and planning and chaos, I love the actual party of hosting special people in my favourite space but I also love the after party feeling of being alone again and having the sweet memories of good times x

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  4. Thanks for your comment Tammy! I love that with this recipe you don't have to add anything! Makes eating peanut butter that much more wonderful!

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  5. I can totally relate in fact...you describe it perfectly. I've never had a name for it before... The After Party House, I like that. And I also feel that full heart following a wonderful event at my home. I sense it all around me, the relief and gratitude and contentment. It resonates in the leftover flowers and in the quietness and even in the cleaning up process. thanks for a lovely post Ashley.

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  6. The whole event is so good. Each part makes entertaining unique in it's own way!

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  7. Glad to hear you are opening up your home more sweet friend! xo

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  8. I love the calmness after a party too. And leftover party food is fun to eat and makes the next few days feel special.

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  9. Would you care to share where you buy your peanuts? I've been looking online and it seems to be cheaper for me to still buy the store bought natural peanut butter. We love it and I desire to make it ourselves. I'm just trying to get the best deal and we don't have a health food store near by to buy nuts in bulk. Thanks in advance!

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  10. I buy bulk bin peanuts at Winco (a local discount grocery store). Maybe try looking online if you cannot buy it in bulk locally?

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