Did you come to our open house? It was HavenDW's 10th anniversary and also our new office ribbon cutting. Here's a fun recap if you missed it. For those who attended, I put some behind the scenes commentary too.
Party Prep: Two weeks before, Sean was making it rain at every event he attended with invitation flyers. Brenda and I were forcing them on WYPS kids and Amy maybe handed some out at GAC? Point is we tried to get the word out. The flyer was also attached to every outgoing email ensuring that for two weeks everyone we write with started running out of data in their inbox.
I know this will come as a shock, but there was a bit of prep work to do to make the place perfect. There's a facade that everyone does for a party. Pretend that your place is always spotless and stylish and having everyone over wasn't that much work because life is just so easy for the beautiful. Obviously, there's a lot of work that goes on in the background to make that story plausible, even for the pros at HavenDW. It was several days of cleaning plus the preceding weeks on and off of projects to get the place up to Sean's high standard.
One of the best moments for me came a half hour before the party was scheduled to start. We were all prowling the space, decorating redecorating each other's decorations. That's the challenge of having four people who are passionate about design, everyone sees the world slightly different and everyone wants the place to look its best, thus it was a forever redecorating loop. My own personal passive-aggressive style was to attempt to hide items which I considered unstylish. I wanted minimalism so I was quietly trying to hide all tchotchke. But I guess others were looking for clutter to make the place homey and so no progress was really made to either pursuit.
Doors opened people came! We were so excited to see the community response. It was great to have everyone in our space chatting it up and looking so good. A big thank you to everyone who attended. Halfway through the night we all went outside in the rain and did the ribbon cutting thing, MR Mayor and Sean sharing the big kid scissors for the fancy moment. Thanks to everyone who said some nice things at that toasty moment. It was all very wonderful but the wind and rain were working hard and this encouraged everyone back inside for more food and prizes? I think we were trying to do a regular door prize drawing but at some point it dissolved/we forgot about it. There might be some prizes which are retroactively awarded to some unsuspecting attendees.
8:00 party was mostly done. A couple of people hung out late until they realized they might get looped into cleaning up and made an escape.
High fives all around good job HavenDW staff! Can we do this every month please? Thanks to all who helped us celebrate and for supporting our new location on 5828 2nd. We're looking forward to seeing you again soon.
A big thank you to Rebecca & Judd Greenwood for taking these photos.