It all started when I went to a “thirty-one party” at my dear friend’s house, Louise Hawthorne Foss. (FYI – Thirty-one is a company that was started 10 yrs ago that has become quite popular and sells items such as totes, bags and purses that can be embroidered and personalized.) When I was at this party, I saw some friends I had not seen in a while. As we talked, several mentioned they would love to see the boat. The problem is that our boat is over an hour away from our previous home. Well, I thought, what better way to get several ladies to come aboard than to have a thirty-one party on Beatitude!! My first home party on Beatitude!
At one point, the party was almost cancelled because of conflicts in some of the ladies’ schedules, but I decided to go for it! Thankfully, I had 8 attend – six newcomers and one who had been on Beatitude previously. It was so exciting to show them around the catamaran! Most had never been on a catamaran (and one I knew of had never been on a boat!). I learned my lesson from previous experiences to check the tide before setting a time for them to climb onto Beatitude. It was perfect!! The high tide had occurred at 11:45 am, and I had made the party for 3:30 pm. By the time we were saying our goodbyes, it was low tide, and we could practically step off the boat onto the dock.
Needless to say we had a WONDERFUL time of fun, food, fellowship and (cant forget!) shopping. Barry was working, so I am thankful that there were no incidents or accidents on my watch. 🙂 Time flew by, and after several hours, it was time for them to drive their hour back home (Thanks to Louise and DeAnna for carpooling!). I was happy my friends were able to see where I lived. An added blessing was that the party was successful, and I was able to get some good deals on useful items for the boat (Hopefully Barry believes that!! haha)