Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Playing hostess

A couple of months ago, I wrote that I wanted to be more intentional about hospitality. I am reporting back to you, because I kicked it into gear last weekend.

First, I invited 2 girlfriends over for a weekday lunch and served homemade minestrone, this bread, and the yummy cinnamon swirl Bundt cake.
Then Sunday after church, we hosted a couple and their 2 young daughters. I made this (our favorite dish when we have company), mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, and the Bundt cake, this time a la mode.

Sunday evening we had a group of "regulars" over for what one friend named "appiteasers." Mmm, a potluck of dips and finger foods! I made homemade soft pretzels, accompanied by jalapeno cheese dip (ahem, FritoLay), and others brought things like guacamole and artichoke dip.

Though there was extra preparation and dishes to wash those couple of days, I was excited to open our home, and to extend invitations to a few people we hadn't hosted before. I also just sent out little heart-shaped invites (with a pink Hershey's kiss attached) to a few friends for a little pre-Valentine cardmaking party. Anyone else hosting guests for a special meal or gathering soon? I'd love to hear what you have planned!


jennwa said...

I need to start having people over too. I love having people over but I am always worried they will hate what I have cooked or they will have a boring time.

Katie said...

Carrie ~

My local cousins and I are thinking of each taking turns hosting a monthly scrapbook night at our houses. We plan to have some snacks and then get to are giving me some great hostess ideas! Thanks!

Have a great day!

kristin said...

I'm impressed, Carrie! Good for you, in initiating all of those! I need to follow in those footsteps, and perhaps try the dish you made on Sunday also!


mer said...

Before we moved here, we had guests over for dinner once a week. John was a pastor, and we just kinda worked through our church directory inviting people over. I loved it. I had about 3 different menus (easy stuff!) and we just cycled through them.

We still invite people regularly though not every week. Just last week we had a single friend over, and next week, we're having another friend join us. I rarely make anything hard or complicated, and I try not to stress about my house. It's much more enjoyable for everyone that way!

So glad to know it's been enjoyable for you too!

I'd love for you to share your minestrone soup recipe. Joanne served one last week for lunch at her home, but I'd love to compare the two. I have that on my menu plan for the next 2 weeks!

Gretchen said...

What a nice idea, Carrie. Our houses don't have to be perfect. Food, fellowship, and fun. Sounds great. And who really cares whether Frito Lay makes the food or we do? ;)

Amy said...

I don't do as much entertaining in the evening, but I did have three friends over for coffee in the mornings and had my girlfriend come over and join us for dinner. I had made chicken tacos in the slow cooker so that we could sit and enjoy each others company without me constantly working on ingredients. I even pre-chopped all the taco fixings so I could just sit and visit. It was great!

Great job on entertaining more!

Ewokgirl said...

I need to. I've been thinking about it a lot lately, in fact. Our house has had some foundation issues, along with leaks under the house, so the walls are cracked everywhere and look awful. I'm so self-conscious about it, so I avoid having people over, which is nothing but dumb pride.

Interestingly, people seem to really enjoy being at our house when we do have them over. Steven often has his stormtrooper buddies over for stuff, and I always feed them. So, you'd think that would make me realize that the state of the house doesn't matter; it's the people inside.

Your table looks nice. I like those white dishes!

Susan said...

Ever since we got a dining room table a couple of months ago I am working on this very thing. My next dinner I am hoping to use this Alfredo veggie pasta fettucini recipe I found on the internet with herb butter bread from the store and an apple cake. Since JR is asleep at 7pm, it is easy to have guests come at 7:30pm. Europeans eat dinner at 8pm and usually guests do not go home until well after midnight.

Sarah B. B. said...

That appetizer idea is a great one! I might just have to "borrow" it. We need to get in the habit of inviting people over, so this post is definitely a nudge to me. :)

Liisa said...

This has inspired me to have some ladies and their little ones over for lunch during the day when my hubby is at work! It would be nice to get together and have a nice meal.

I would love to have your pretzel recipe. We often go to our friends house (their house seems to be the gathering place for everyone!) and everyone brings snacky foods so I am always looking for new ideas.


Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I am glad you reminded me! I was planning to invite all the young moms from church over for a Valentine party. We did this last year, and we played a game like Dirty Santa that we called Vicious Valentine. (Everyone brought gifts like lotions, movies, candles, books, and we swappped. The reason we called it Vicious was because gifts could be stolen from one another.) With all the sickness at my house, I completely forgot! I need to get moving!

Glad you enjoyed your events!