We moved into our apartment nearly six months ago now and, while we love our cozy home and neighborhood, we have too many blank walls for it to feel completely right. The problem isn't vision - we both have strong aesthetic points of view - but outright exhaustion and a bit of laziness too. We tackled unpacking, framing photographs (of us and general world travels), buying and framing a few prints, and buying a few better-than-Ikea furniture items from Craigslist. And then, we stalled out. Life took over and trying to deal with long-hour jobs, health issues, cooking healthy meals, meeting up with friends, writing music, writing this blog, and maintaining some semblance of balance have meant that home decor fell by the wayside.
The bedroom's bare walls chide me each time I step in, but I don't quite have the heart to tackle any big aesthetic negotiations now, since I'm secretly looking forward to hanging our Ketubah here after our wedding. We have big plans for our office and bedroom windows but, for some reason, I never feel inspired to start sewing curtains at 9pm at night (when I finally have some downtime.) And I have a list of thrift shops I keep meaning to visit so I can gather a collection of interesting glass containers, mirror frames, and eclectic wallscape items for my half of the office, but again, weekend time is a precious commodity.
It would seem that our house is not ready for a large holiday party. Oh well. I refuse to wait for my house to be company-ready before allowing myself to partake in the joys of company. I'm sure our hospitality and grace will overcome any home decor deficiencies this weekend, when sixty of our closest friends join us for a housewarming/holiday/engagement party. I'll wish we could pull together a classy winter white sparkle theme, but I'll be content to pull out our box of delightfully tacky dreidel decorations (blow-up dreidels, hanging-from-the-cieling dreidels, and actual spinning dreidels) , light-up Santa faces, Happy Hannukah garlands, and tinsel.
I had grand plans for the apartment and for this party that will both remain incomplete before Saturday night. My curtains will remain unfinished, my winter wonderland tablescape will probably not happen, and I have a feeling we'll end up hiding some of our mess in a closet or two. And still, I wouldn't put off this party for the world. It's an annual treat, a chance to see our friends before everyone is overscheduled with office parties, family and vacations. So what if our house isn't perfect? Our friends are coming for the homemade latkes, lemon-mint cocktails, booze-and-gelt-filled pinata, and company (hopefully not in that order) and the details of our cheesy holiday decorations and limited everyday decor don't really matter.
Perhaps the next time I fret over wedding decor and impossible (for my lazy bum) craft timelines, it would do me well to think about tinsel and love instead. I have a feeling a lot of our wedding decor projects may go unfinished, but I also get the feeling no one will care. As with our upcoming holiday party, we could fill our wedding with tinsel, lemonade and love, and all would still be right in the world.