We went to a barbecue at some friends’ house over the weekend and it was delightful. The host and hostess cooked burgers and hot dogs for everyone, and had the guests sign up to bring buns, side dishes, and desserts. Everyone relaxed, and the hostess wasn’t running around trying to put the last minute touches on everything.
I am usually the complete opposite when we have guests. I love to cook, and I love to show people love by giving them good food (and a lot of it), but it usually means that I am cooking for a day and a half ahead of time and am still rushed when they are arriving. I like to think that I’m being generous when I cook everything and decline my guests’ offers to bring something, but I think that when they see me rushing around, they might not be experiencing the relaxed feeling that I’m trying to create for them.
So, I learned something this weekend. Next time we have guests, I’ll cook the meat and ask people to bring the sides, and I think we’ll all have a better time than we would if I tried to do everything myself. (But I’m still reserving that right! ;)
The Eat Well, Spend Less group focused on parties and entertaining this month:
- 5 Fresh Ideas for Summer Sips from Simple Bites
- Summer Parties on a Budget from Life As Mom
- Real Food Party Menu Plan from Kitchen Stewardship
- 37 Potluck Dishes for Summer from Easy Homemade
- 6 Tips for a Simple and Frugal Birthday Party from Kingdom First Mom
- Last Minute Entertaining Tips from Food for my Family
And, if you missed it, I wrote about saving money at picnics and parties by preventing food waste.