My husband and I one year ago moved out of our sweet condo in the middle of the city to move closer to our work and community up in the small town of Davidson. Ever since we moved, I’ve begin having a regular stream of people over for dinner (being pastor’s wife keeps that invite list pretty long!), and a lesson I’ve learned over this year is that I should Be A Host, Not A Caterer.
Now, I’m not saying at all times and all situations, but when entertaining in your home friends, family, or coworkers, focus on THEM. Don’t let relationships get lost in the to-dos of the kitchen. I can tend to be an over-achiever, and when I take on far too much or too complicated dinner parties, at the end I don’t remember the pleasant conversation or compliments… I only remember how sweaty and distant I felt at the start of the meal. So, that’s why when entertaining, don’t focus on being so fancy in your meals that you can’t enjoy the experience and be a proper host to your guests. Trust me, the simplest plate of pasta will be far better received than a four course meal when you are fully present to make your guests feel comfortable and loved!