Those details that are SO fun… are they going to be considered as “showing off” or over the top… will they go un-noticed? Because, really, as an old friend and I once discussed, it’s those details that show our affection and love for the people we are serving and entertaining. It’s our way of saying,
“I’m so happy you are here. Please, sit down, experience, relax and enjoy.”
So, this recent dinner party, it was a weeknight and I held it in a little bit…
I didn’t write up a menu on my favorite little menu papers or on the blackboard, I didn’t use fancy paper for my place cards – I kept it simple – having a little fun with pretty edible flowers on the salads, a simple bouquet from the late spring garden and themed items from around the house… it was a wonderful night. The meal came out perfectly, the conversation flowed and it was great to get my feet wet again.
Oh! How I have missed having guests.
I have an invitation out for a Potager luncheon with some French friends of ours and my dear friend Molly. Years ago we would all meet every Saturday morning for “French Class” …no matter how late we had been out dancing the night before I could always spring out of bed with excitement for French class!- but families grow, people move away (even if it’s just twenty miles) and times change. A decade sure can fly by. I am really looking forward to entertaining out on the flagstone, with the fountain, the shade of the apple trees and the clucking of the chickens in the background.
My wheels are spinning!
So, “Parisienne Farmgirl Entertains” will be a new feature around here. Challenging myself creatively, keeping my heart soft towards others (I can let life get me down/stressed and it ends up that having people over sounds like more of a burden than fun…), friends stay and some come and go… but I don’t ever want to go thru an entertaining desert again!
How about you?
Is it time to make a hot pot of coffee and open your home?