The Idea of Him: Throwing Parties as Parents

This post was inspired by the novel The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson. Allie thought she had the perfect husband, until she finds him and another woman in a compromising position in their own apartment. Join From Left to Write on April we discuss The Idea of Him. Join us for a live chat with Holly on April 3.  As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.


In my effort to keep my book club posts out of the depressing sector, I thought I would write about a topic that was touched briefly upon in the book.

Allie’s husband liked to entertain in their home and Allie was always on duty to put together the perfect party. Allie and Wade had 2 younger children and in the book the children stayed in their rooms, doing homework, reading, etc… while the party was hosted in the family’s New York City apartment.

Initially, I was floored by this, I couldn’t imagine throwing some sort of industry party while my kids are upstairs. Than I realized I was more like Allie than I thought. Nick and I don’t throw ragers like we used to (a post for another time) but we love entertaining and we don’t have family close by. Every year we have a Superbowl Party. I make a ton of food and order a few pizzas. Our friends bring delicious treats and beer and we all gather around the TV to watch the game and catch up. B has always been a part of this tradition, and this year he loved watching the game, eating pizza and desserts, and hanging out with our friends. I put him to bed at half time and was able to hang out with our friends after bed time.


From 2013’s Superbowl Party

For those who want to just dabble in party throwing, I think a daytime event might help. I throw a ladies only cookie swap every December. The first year I was the only one with a child, now more of my friends have kids and it is a fun kids and moms event. It will also give you an idea of how your kids might handle large groups of people being in your home.

The more I think about it, the more I think having an upscale party, like a fancy NYE party, would be fine to do when our kid(s) are older.

What do you think? Have you had a party with your kids at home? Would you ever?