Since we had a table set up for 19 at Thanksgiving, my husband decided that we should make use of it again and invite some friends for dinner. So we spent Saturday in the kitchen and last night shared a delightful evening with a group of 20.
My CSIL has inspired me countless times with her thoughts on entertaining in your home: Invite your friends and when they ask what they can bring, tell them "nothing, just yourselves." Provide everything and treat your guests to a special time. We planned our Sunday Dinner with that in mind.
Two kinds of lasagna, a couple of salads, home made bread, lemon cake for dessert and a simple table set for the whole group and I believe we hit the mark. As a nod to the Thanksgiving act of saying what you are thankful for, we asked everyone to share a little known fact about themselves before dinner, what a hoot! Even the kids shared a tid-bit or two.
After dinner, once the kids moved on to do whatever it is that teenagers do, one of our guests built upon the sharing concept and asked each of us to share the story of our first ever kiss, I have not laughed that hard in ages!
The take away? If you have been contemplating hosting some friends, just do it, you will be so glad you did.
To quote my CSIL "it's not the size of your house or the number of available chairs, it's how you make people feel." I am pretty sure our guests, including the teens, left with a smile on their faces.
And that recipe I promised?
Oh my goodness was it delicious and can I tell you, when a 14 year old boy asks if he can have 3rds, I know the dish is a winner!!!!
What is your philosophy on entertaining? We all love a good tip so please share!