When I first chose "Hold a dinner party for my friends" as part of my 24 before 24 goals, I had visions of a Pinterest-perfect dinner party. Possibly with a theme, table settings, decorations, elaborate menu of fancy foods. You know. The stuff fancy people do.
But as we're closing in on my 24th birthday, I started getting anxious. I didn't want to not do this challenge. But it made me very nervous.
Over winter break I met up with my lovely friend Jenna and we talked about how she wanted to cook for me and the boys. I spotted an opportunity!
Last weekend, Jenna and I teamed up to hold a dinner party. The meal was simple. There were no place settings and we all drank water and the menu consisted of spaghetti, garlic bread, green beans, and a Pinterest dessert.
And it was wonderful.
It made my heart happy to see my friends all helping to cook dinner together. Everyone helped. Jenna made homemade pasta sauce with her Dad and brought it to share. Pat cut the bread. Sam contributed green beans and the boys set the table.
I was responsible for one part of dinner. ONE THING. and I managed to ruin it.
They said it was still good. :)
And then we ate and we talked.
It was so nice. I am very glad to have accomplished this goal.
It was also a reminder of the loveliness of reality compared with expectations of perfection. What real life has to offer is often so much more.
After dinner, we played Dominion, a really fun card game my mom got Pat for Christmas.
It was a very happy night. :)
Have any of you ever cooked dinner for or with your friends? I think it's actually a really common thing to do, but this was my first time!