photo: La tartine gourmet
Do you like to entertain friends, family and neighbors? Maybe a stranger or two? Or are you reluctant to open your home because it's too much work and too much stress? That second sentence describes my instincts pretty well. I tend to feel like entertaining and fellowship at our home is stressful.
However, when we built our new house last year, The Hubster and I felt like part of the deal was that we needed to use our home to connect with people. We needed to be generous with what we had been given and open our home more often.
Today, I wrote a guest post for Sandy at 4 Reluctant Entertainers that describes one way that makes entertaining at home easier for me. Come visit me at 4 Reluctant Entertainers and let me know what you think.
I've loved Sandy's blog since long before I could call her a real-life friend. Part of her mission is to help reluctant hostesses become confident and gracious. I viewed her as a mentor in this area before she even knew my name. Her passion for hospitality and connection has inspired me to be a better hostess and a better friend.
But the really great thing about Sandy is that she is not over there preaching perfection and 5-course meals. She's all about real life and real connections. Here are just a few of my favorite posts from 4 Reluctant Entertainers.
Bulbs in a Jar - A Gift of Friendship
No Rigidity and Upside-Down Chip Cake
Model the Good - For the Lonely
And her Balcony Girls series might be based on the group of 5th grade girls that she works with regularly, but there are wonderful lessons in there for this grown-up girl too.
In Sandy's own words, "Our new focus for 5th grade will be: to build one another up and not tear down. To learn the value of friendships, to learn that words can go deep into the marrow of a girl’s soul and impact her for the rest of her life. To learn how applauding one another impacts their every day life."
Love you Sandy!