There is No Time Like the Party

I come from a long line of DIYers, and I learned quite early that the absolute best time to start a new project is right before you have company. I have many memories of my entire family picking up paint brushes or hammers to finish a kitchen makeover or repainting the house before a party. There was even the one time when my grandpa decided to lay new sod two days before my aunt’s wedding!

Because there is no time like a party, and we are about 2 weeks away from our nearly annual 3rd of July Party (I say nearly annual because in our 12 years of marriage we have skipped two years; (1) the time I was 37 weeks pregnant, and (2) last year when our house was still in major construction mode) we have a list of projects to complete before we throw open the door to our guests. Originally, these were our “to do’s”

1. Complete the kitchen by adding moulding to the cabinetry
2. Build an enclosed pergola complete with gate
3. Add a patio
4. Build a fire pit
5.Remove some trees from the backyard
6. Add a deck
7. Build out a bench and hooks in our coat nook
8. Finish our oldest son’s headboard project

As life happens you have to just go with the flow. Some of the things we thought we would get finished aren’t going to get finished. Some of the things we thought wouldn’t be done before our party are going to get done. And some new projects have piqued our interest and taken priority. So our modified “to do” list looks like this:

1. Complete the kitchen by adding moulding to the cabinetry
2. Build a pergola (enclosing it and adding the gate will be added in a later phase)
3. Add a patio
4. Remove some trees from the backyard
5. Add a deck (we were afraid rainy weather would delay this, but our builder says he will fit us in and have it finished!)
6. Exterior paint (a friend and the Hubs are doing this, and the end of June works best for their schedules, so it will be done earlier than we thought)
7. Build an outdoor drink bar

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A few of these trees are already gone!

We are pretty confident that our new “to do” list will get “ta done” (in fact ***spoiler alert*** a few of these things are already done) before the party but we are always open to making changes as needed. Here is a before pic of our backyard, but I am hoping to really soon unveil a rockin’ outdoor party space in its place!

What has been your most ambitious undertaking before welcoming guests?

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