As a token of appreciation for the friends who helped us move, we wanted to have a housewarming party to show them the results of their contributions! We also invited a few (former) colleagues from the college.
I took advantage of our beautiful front porch by serving the refreshments there:
pink lemonade, garnished with lime slices (so pretty!)
apple tarts (so easy--I used these little pastry shells, and filled them with a small scoop of my canned apple pie filling) and brownies, baked in a mini muffin tin (thanks to my sis for that great idea!)
It was fun to visit with friends, and to share our home with them. We've worked really hard these past two weeks to get settled, because today's the first day of Eric's new job!
For having lived in this house less than 3 weeks, we've already hosted close to 50 people for various dinners and the housewarming, plus we have the block party later this week--whew!
I'm so thankful my husband and I share a desire for a ministry of hospitality. Our experience as dorm directors helped shape this, I think. While we were single, we each lived with 100 college students who were in and out of our apartments at all hours of the day. Because of this, having an "open home" policy comes pretty naturally to us, though of course it requires more effort, planning, and flexibility. The rewards are great, though: it's so important to share what God's given us with others--which means our home, food and time!