If you want to host more often but never get around to it, see if these tips will help you overcome the most common hosting hurdles:
We are limited on space
Overflow into your yard, deck, and even garage. (Crowds can be cozy)!
I don’t know what to do
You don’t have to provide entertainment since guests love to visit, but, if you like, link your meal with an activity: a football game or TV finale, cards or games, a crafty project (carving pumpkins/ making snowmen), or a playful competition.
It’s too much work
Pair up with a friend – each selecting the parts you’re good at. (I can cook and my friend is great with games). Serve something easy that you can make ahead of time like soup in a crock pot. Have a potluck.
I can’t cook
Serve pizza or other restaurant ‘take out’. Of course, you can make Dream Dinners too!
If it’s been awhile since you’ve had anyone over, I hope you will give it a try. Hospitality is such a powerful way to love people.
Overcoming hosting hurdles together,
Stephanie Allen is Co-founder and President of Dream Dinners and a New York Times best-selling co-author of The Hour that Matters Most. Naturally a visionary and optimist, Stephanie hopes to inspire America through her nurturing voice of encouragement, assuring families…
“You’re doing a great job!”