Moms, Munchkins, and Muffins!

I found Jenny earlier this year when she wrote this post. Jenny, from Vintage Mommy, is a mommy after my own heart. I love her heart-felt posts, her love for aprons and cooking and for her family. I hope you will take a minute and check out Jenny's blog - it's all about hospitality!

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Reading Sandy's blog has inspired me to think outside the box, in terms of opening my home to others. With 4 small children and a husband in school who studies most evenings, it's been difficult to carve out convenient times for our family to entertain. I know this busy season of life will pass, but I don't want my kids to miss out on the joys of sharing our lives and our home with others. 

This summer we found something that works great for our family! One morning a week, I invite a few moms and their little munchkins over to play. Everyone brings a sack lunch, and I make muffins and a pot of coffee to share. We moms sit and enjoy our coffee and muffins while the kids play together. 

My girls enjoy helping me bake the muffins beforehand. I love that they're learning the art of hospitality! Sometimes I let them choose which kind of muffin to bake. Mini muffins are always a hit with the little ones! One morning we moms noticed that our kids were quietly congregated over at the picnic table. We walked over to investigate with coffee in-hand, only to find an empty bowl and eight little mouths stuffed full of mini muffins. All 36 muffins had vanished in less than 5 minutes!

Opening our home to friends has blessed our family in so many ways.

I can see the positive effects it has had on my own children: preparing our home for company, sharing toys and developing relationships, just to name a few. I treasure this time that I can be with other moms.

We're always refreshed and encouraged after spending a morning together!

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Thank you Jenny! I love this post. Some day, when my kids are raised and my life is less-hectic, I plan to do something similar to this. I love hospitality that happens smack-dab in our homes!

Jenny and I would love to hear if you think outside of the box when it comes to hospitality? What are some creative ways that you've opened your home?

(I'm over at Skip to my Lou's today, talking about tomatoes again.)


Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

What specific post did you find Jenny through? I'd love to read it. :) Yep, cooking with kids...it's the best.

susan said...

My best advice is not to wait until things are perfect to entertain. Most people won't remember the less than spotless house; they will remember the food, fun, and comraderie. If they do remember,don't invite them back:)

Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

What cute children and a great idea!! I wish I had thought about this idea when my kids were little.

Thena said...

I use to spend all day cleaning and scrubbing my house. Then by the time my guests got there I was too tired to enjoy their company. So true the food, fun and fellowship is what is so important.

Chef Eureka said...

Yum :) what a nice combination :)

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

Such a fantastic idea. Too late in the game for me as my children are older. I'm trying to grow in my entertaining and I love this idea - I've got to come up with a way to incorporate it.

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

Wonderful post -- entertaining at home used to freak me out, big time.

With 6 people, living in a 7 room house, it can get tight and it would take days for me to clean/shop/cook for family gatherings.

Now, with 2 teens and 2 tweens, I've learned to not sweat the smalls stuff, like polishing the floors, or vacuuming the furniture (shutup!) and just want people to feel comfortable enough to put their feet up on the furniture, polished, vacuumed or not.

Thanks for the inspiration :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Sandy, now those look delish! I hope you'll be going back to Blissdom next year, I'd love to see you again. xoxo

Bevy said...

I just commented on Jenny's blog- pretty much the same as I am writing here. This was a great post!! I am looking forward to my own time with friends and their little ones coming over on Thursday. I said, I think it's almost more important for Mom's to get together then it is the kids. I know I NEED it!!

Thanks for the encouragment.

Gina said...

What a great idea! I love involving kiddos in the act of hospitality. We just recently had a cupcake party, my girls' idea-and it was a blast!