I love having people over to our house.
But, I can get stressed out by the all the things that I need to
do in order to have people over…like clean the house, prep the food, manage
the kiddos, set the table, get myself presentable, oh yeah…then simply enjoy
Well, just the other night we had some people
over…well, like 10 people, so a little bigger crowd. And we had a
blast! But here’s a couple of small things that I did to make the
night more enjoyable and less stressful:
1. I prepped the chicken fajitas a couple of
weeks earlier when we do our crazy once-a-month shopping & cooking
extravanganza. So, all I had to do was pull out the chicken in the marinade 2 days before to thaw. Then I cut up some onions and
peppers a couple hrs before people came and threw that on top of the stove
to cook. I want to make super yummy food, but keeping it simple is
2. I love the look of an inviting
table. But I’m no Ina Garten, but I do have 5 lovely young ladies
who love to color. So, we made little table cards for everyone. Sophia, our budding artist, drew a little something for
everyone and we placed that at the top of each plate for an extra sweet
touch. It never ceases to amaze me how such little things like that
bless people. I also cut some mini daffodils that had just bloomed
from the garden and put them in small vases alongside some votive candles.
3. When people came over, of course, I wasn’t all
ready to go like Martha Stewart says I should. So, when people asked
if they could help, I took them up on it. I’ve come to believe that
people really do enjoy helping out or they wouldn’t ask. So, Joe
& Sarah were in the kitchen cutting up some dill and parsley for the
basmati rice, one of my favorite, and super simple, side dishes from
the Barefoot Contessa. Bryan helped get all the drinks and a few
others offered to bring things – like the dessert,
guacamole..etc.. I have learned to never turn down anyone when they
offer to help.
So, these are just a few things that have helped me truly enjoy
being more present when we have people over.