A faithful reader, Chris, sent me this inspiring story a year ago, with lovely photos. And I just knew by sharing it with you, you'd be encouraged. Read along and you'll know exactly what I mean.
Hi, I’ve been reading Sandy’s blog for a couple years now and have been inspired to be less reluctant at entertaining ...
But to be honest, with 3 kids – 2 in college and 1 in high school – and all still living at home, my husband and I find ourselves surrounded by piles of books. And with their hectic schedules, I was finding a difficult time scheduling times at home to invite others in.
So I decided to try a different theme.
I’m a church secretary and I thought it would be fun to connect with other church secretaries in my town.
So I invited them to lunch at the church where I work.
- I called each one to see if they had received the invitation and would be able to attend. This helped to “break the ice” and helped them to feel like they already knew someone that would be there.
- Using one of the Sunday School rooms, I decorated a table with fall decorations and Walmart dishes from home.
- I made some “tried and true” recipes: crockpot chicken noodle soup, salad mix, pumpkin cookies (I had baked the night before), homemade rolls from the freezer (I made homemade ones but you could easily buy bake and serve rolls).
- And I waited for my guests to arrive. They were greeted at the door with the smell of fresh baked bread and a warm welcome.
We all had a wonderful time sharing and getting to know one another. We plan on making it a regular event and they want to take turns hosting lunch.
We also talked about “brown bagging” or each one bringing a dish to simplify the preparation.
Thank you, Sandy, for inspiring us to look beyond our limitations and reach out to others - It’s always worth it!
And thank you, Chris, for reaching out to the ladies in your community! I bet they were so appreciative of your time and effort!
If your home is just not working for entertaining, have you considered a fresh approach to hospitality, outside of the home?
I'd love to hear your story!