Introvert Monday: The Best Way to Survive Your Own Open HousePosted: January 12, 2015 | |
Open houses are unstructured parties with lots of people making small talk. It’s no surprise that most introverts dislike open houses. I’m no different. Unless I know the majority of people attending an open house fairly well, these shindigs are draining and stressful.
Despite my dislike of these parties, my husband and I decided to host our own open house. I have heard several pastor’s wives recommend inviting people from church into your home and an open house is supposedly a good way to do this. My motivation for hosting an open house was purely selfish: If I do this party thing once, then I wouldn’t have to worry about not seeming “inviting” to congregation members for at least a year.
Still, the prospect of flitting about my house socializing with people I barely know seemed daunting. However, I found the best way to survive hosting an open house came down to two steps:
1. Have a baby
2. Host the open house while the baby is still young so you spend most of the time either feeding her or trying to get her to nap in the peaceful sanctuary of your bedroom.
It worked like a charm. I spent over 2/3 of the time in our bedroom. Granted, this was because Babykins was having an anti-nap day. Still, dealing with a fussy baby was way better than small talk.