First of all, THANK YOU for visiting and WELCOME to SurroundingsMarket.com

My name is Britt and I am a wife to a great guy, a mom to 5 kiddos and 1 happy dog. I am also the creator of Surroundings Market. 

Our family loves to host family and friends for Sunday dinners, parties, holidays, and backyard barbecues.  For the first 10 or so years of our marriage, every time ANYONE and I mean anyone, would come to our home for a meal, I would spend countless hours making sure everything was perfect. I would go through the house room by room cleaning, dusting and redecorating.  I would spend hours and hours in the kitchen cooking Pinterest-worthy meals to WOW our guests.

But the problem was  I would spend so much time creating the perfect dinner party that I always ended up overwhelmed and stressed out, by the time the our guests finally arrived.  So much so, that it was difficult to enjoy their company.  And then when the party was finally over I was so exhausted and overwhelmed by the work left to do, that I would swear I would never do it again.

It wasn't until I was invited to a friend's home for dinner, that I finally realized something.  I watched my friend work to make everything perfect, just to impress us.  I offered to help but she turned down my offers.  She looked so tired and overwhelmed.  I thought to myself,  "Wow, this is so nice.  But, she doesn't need to impress me.  I love her and her family just the way that they are.  Her efforts make me feel like our visit is a burden for her."   And of course, slap in the face, I thought, "Wow, if I feel this way, then my guests probably felt the same way when they visit us."  

I realized that the things my guests remembered most, was not how perfectly clean and decorated our house was.  And it wasn't how many hours I spent preparing gourmet dishes.  Nope.  It was the way that I made them feel.  It was that we were inviting them into our home and making sure that they felt welcome and comfortable. And that if I wanted my guests to be happy and comfortable in my home, I needed to change my focus from perfection to them.

Over the years, I've learned how to simplify things.  I still like to make things look beautiful, and serve yummy recipe-coveting food, but in ways that are less stressful, time consuming and are enjoyable for everyone, including me.

And so that is my goal for you!  The goal of Surroundings Market is to help you host beautiful stress-free gatherings, where you can actually enjoy your own party and be surrounded by friends and family that you love.