With our first issue in the archives, my publisher Susan Hozak-Cardinal and I decided that our second issue could not disappoint. Starting with another clean slate, we went to work on November's issue and the let stories lead the way.
Somewhere in between, we stopped the press and held our own Midwest Nest Magazinelaunch party at Elevate in Downtown Fargo's, historic Loretta Building. Once again, we were overwhelmed and humbled by the community's support. The night was spectacular, with so many people we couldn't wait to talk to. Someone once told me that in the midst of days like these, one should make a conscious effort to stop and look around. What they meant is, instead of letting a magical night become a blur, stop and cement in your mind the night, the people and the experience. So, amidst the chaos, I forced myself to stop worrying about food, drinks, people and pictures. I simply took in the moment, and it was a really fantastic one at that.
After the event, we spoke to one of the attendees who mentioned he normally doesn't enjoy events like this, but this specific group of people had won him over. We couldn't agree more. What could have been a bland open house like so many others, quickly became a vibrant celebration, having very little to do with our party planning efforts. The personalities in the room, the same ones that I have gotten the pleasure of getting to know over the past few years, became the bright light in the room. These are just a few of the people that have made us want to continue to write about the industry and show the community the beautiful work they do. These were big personalities with even bigger hearts. We could not be more grateful for those who came out to support us and for those who have encouraged and stood behind us in the making of our first issue.
After the party, it was back to the topic of Fall entertaining. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we wanted to provide some inspiration for your own gatherings. Both Susan and I love to entertain, but this time, we decided to tag along on every culinary, art and fundraising event we could, to see how others entertain. Our goal was to expose the fine art of entertaining, from food, to conversation to atmosphere. As you'll see in our pages, with every great gathering, comes great design, setting the stage for celebrating life, love, and all of the things we are grateful for.
May your Fall gatherings be filled with love, family and friends. And when your home fills with laughter and your kitchen turns to chaos, don't forget to stop once in a while and truly enjoy the moment.
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