For the next 31 days, every. single. day. in October, I will be writing, sharing, going on and on about simple hospitality. About opening up our homes, pouring out ourselves, to serve and love friends and strangers.
Simple Hospitality. Honestly, this doesn't come easily to me. Simple is not my default setting. I stress. I complicate things. I iron tablecloths at 1am and worry about meaningless details.
But the more intentional I become about entertaining simply, the more I realize how much my micromanaging and my desire for glossy magazine inspired parties was really robbing me of an opportunity to connect.
Connection. Community. Sharing friendship, laughter and the occasional tear over good coffee. Who of us doesn't need a little of that?
Simple hospitality. Not haphazard, not without beautiful touches and careful planning, but intentioned, purposeful, simple gatherings. Because we don't want to feed people perfectly presented canapés if we aren't feeding their souls. Because we want communion with our friends and family and neighbours more than we want to impress people with our tablescapes and braised pork.
Because when it really comes down to it, we entertain because we know that we need one another. Deeply. I know I do.
So will you join me? For 31 days of exploring what it means to entertain simply? Will you let me dare you to step out of your comfort zone and invite people in? I'm excited!
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Posts in this series so far:
Day 1- You're here!
Day 2- Perfect Is A Lie
Day 3- White Dishes
Day 4- Simple Invitations
Day 5- Nacho Supremo!
Day 6- Impromptu Hospitality
Day 7- A Scented Bathroom Trick
Day 8- Nine Great Board Games for Breaking the Ice
Day 9- Take-Out is Okay
Day 10 - 8 Ways to Simplify Kid's Birthday Parties
Day 11 - Use the Good China
Day 12 - Easy Bruschetta Appetizer
Day 13 - Fun, Simple, Elegant Napkin Folding Ideas
Day 14 - You are Enough
Day 15 - Simplest Holiday