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!