Knowing what to serve a crowd of guests, or what to bring when invited to dinner used to stress me out big time. I used to fret over what bottle of wine to bring (boring, and I usually chose based on the cute label) and I ended up feeling like a total failure as a guest and host. It sounds really silly, but it is 100% true. I wasn’t raised in a home of people that ‘entertained’; my mom was a waitress from age 14 till she married my dad and my first (and many jobs thereafter) job was waitressing (which served me very, very well, I might add) and we ‘waitress’ much more than we entertain. We prepare food, we serve, we bus tables, we clean, and we keep an eye on the clock the whole time. This left me feeling efficient, but not very much like a welcoming, at ease hostess. I wanted to be like the gals I read about in magazines; laughing with friends, holding a pretty drink, with dinner warm but done cooking on the stove. I didn’t need the spotless countertops, nor the immaculate floors, and I have great friends and I can cook. But the whole hostess with the most-ess thing eluded me for quite a while.
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