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Hi everyone! It’s about time that I officially announce to y’all that I just started a really cool new project with my friend Jessica from Sweet Love & Ginger.
WE STARTED A PODCAST.
It’s called Gatherings Podcast. Jessica and I talk about – and interview people about – hosting parties and entertaining in everyday life. We like to keep it simple. We like to focus the conversation on the people and the logistics, and leave the sometimes over-the-top Pinterest decorations to the pros.
- We have a website.
- We have a Twitter account.
- We have a Facebook page.
- You can find us on iTunes.
- You can sign up for our mailing list.
- And you should be able to search “Gatherings Podcast” on most podcast apps and find it.
If you’d like to listen, but don’t know how to find a podcast. Leave a comment and I’ll help you figure it out. We have three episodes right now. You can listen to them all on our website.
What are we trying to accomplish?
We’re trying to make parties more approachable for people who haven’t hosted them and provide a space for people who love hosting parties to talk about it, all of its nuances, and things we’ve learned along the way.
Who is this podcast for?
Admittedly, Jessica and I still need to sit down and really have this discussion, but I can give you a good start. If you (a) like parties and are looking for inspiration to host more, (b) like parties and are looking for somebody to talk about all of the logistics and details with, (c) want to start hosting parties, but don’t know where to begin.
What can you expect from the episodes?
In each episode we will pick a topic to either talk among ourselves about or to interview somebody about. The topic will need to do with hosting events and parties. We will be answering questions that have to do with logistics, dealing with awkward situations, and tips and tricks learned along the way. At the end of each episode all parties involved will answer a series of 4 questions:
- What are you planning right now?
- What’s going on in your kitchen?
- How are you staying in touch this week?
- What are you into right now?
Right now, we will be releasing episodes monthly. Each episode is about 50 minutes. If anything changes, I’ll let you know. And we would love some feedback in the meantime, so don’t be afraid to reach out. Here’s the rundown of our first three episodes:
- Episode 01: Our Party Hosting Styles – Jessica and I talk about our who we are and how we met, our party hosting styles, and why we started this podcast.
- Episode 02: Our Ideal Dinner Parties – Jessica and I talk about our ideal dinner party setups, rules that we live by (please note: we don’t have many), and how to keep the conversation going.
- Episode 03: Networking Events with Lauren Caselli – Jessica and I chat with Lauren Caselli from Lauren Caselli Events about life stories, event planning, benefits of facilitation, and all the things.
What makes this podcast unique?
I looked for a podcast about real life party planning for a long time. I came close to finding it with Awesome Etiquette, the podcast put out each week by the Emily Post Institute, but they talk more situationally rather than logistically. (Still HIGHLY recommend that podcast.) Victoria from A Subtle Revelry had a podcast about parties (called The Party Podcast) for a little bit, but it didn’t last more than a few episodes. If anybody knows of any others, let me know, but for now, we’re one of the few party planning podcasts out there.
This is all about party hosting from the point of view of two late 20-something female engineers. That means we’re living on a budget, we worry about logistics before decorating, and we’re at that point in our lives where things are starting to change – people are getting married and having kids – and it changes the way that you stay in touch with people in your lives. That said, even between just the two of us, we bring some variety. What do I mean?
- I live in the city. Jessica lives in the country (suburbs?).
- I live in 850 square feet with minimal outdoor space. Jessica lives in a much larger house with a large back yard.
- I am a type A planner, Jessica is far more spontaneous.
- I love talking about relationships and how to stay in touch with people. Jessica loves talking about sustainability, permaculture, gardening, and hunting.
- I have a boyfriend. Jessica has a husband, chickens, and a baby on the way.
So needless to say, there are definitely times that we will bring different perspectives to the conversation.
We would love for you to check out the podcast and follow along. We would love for you to leave us a review on iTunes. We would love for you to recommend some of your favorite party planners to be interviewed. Let us know what you’re thinking.