Any excuse we can get, we gather people at Granada House. Perhaps it was watching my parents constantly entertain and feed others growing up. Or because I Iearned from a young age that the deepest connections are created when you sit around a table and share food with others. Kyle's parents' house is a hub for impromptu potlucks, drinks around the fire pit, or late night hot tub dips. Together, we have realized our time is best spent welcoming others to our home for gatherings.
Ninety percent of our dinner parties are unplanned and very casual, but every once in awhile it is nice to plan the menu, the decor, and the guests. At the end of September we will welcome all of our friends and neighbors to our house for our biggest celebration yet. We put off having a housewarming party because there was always 'one more thing' that needed to be completed. Now that we have inhabited our house for one year we decided it is time to open our house and thank everyone who has been a part of our lives in San Diego.
As I contemplate how I want this party to feel, I realized that I have a 'type' when it comes to gatherings: not too formal, lots of candles, wood, and rustic greenery. Looking at photos of gatherings for inspiration not only makes me excited for the end of the month, but also for the next Friendsgiving, warm night bbqs, birthday parties, and (someday) kid parties to be hosted here.
Our friend, and former Granada House dweller, Erin was here for not only our first large dinner party 'Friendsgiving' but our actual intimate Thanksgiving dinner. Upon her departure, she gave us a beautiful rendering of our first dinner party with the word Sobremesa:
the time spent around the table after lunch or dinner, talking to the people you shared the meal with; time to digest and savor both food and friendship.
We hope for a lifetime of 'sobremesas' at Granada House.