“Clean up as you go so there won’t be a pile of dirty dishes in your sink by the time company comes over.”
“Always clean your baseboards. You never know who will look at them!”
“Have all your platters and serving pieces out and ready.”
“Try to do as much as you can before your guests arrive. They came to eat but they also came for your company.”
“Etiquette is important but it’s more important to make your guests feel comfortable.”
“Take out those candlesticks that your grandmother got you for your wedding. You know she’ll be looking for them!”
“Clean your front porch, it is your first impression.”
“Serve at least one ‘store bought’, simple item.”
These are just a few of the pieces of advice that have been instilled in me from my mom, my aunt and my mother-in-love. There is truly nothing I love more than sitting around my dining room table with people that I love. I have prayed many prayers over my home but the most important prayer has always been, “Lord, help me to use this home for Your glory.”
I read somewhere that the hostess sets the tone for the dinner party. If I’m running around and stressing out over my meal, my guests will feel like they are in the way. I want to be as present with them as possible, not worrying if my dessert is melting or if my chicken is too dry. It is an honor and a joy of mine to serve the ones I love.
One of the most important things that I have learned is to plan ahead! Write out a schedule and stick to it. It also helps if you can make part of your meal ahead of time. One of my favorite desserts is Oreo Dirt Cake Trifle, doesn’t it just sound good? It’s one of those desserts that is so simple to make and assemble, yet pleasing to the eye.
Drew and I had a few friends over this past weekend and I was able to make the trifle a day before they came. Needless to say, it was a hit! Oreos, cream cheese, sugar…what’s not to love? Most of the men at the table had two helpings…
· 1/3 cup butter, softened
· 3 ½ cups milk (I used whole milk)
· 1 8 oz. container of Cool Whip
· 1 package Oreos
· 1 cup powdered sugar
· 2 packages French Vanilla Instant JELL-O pudding
· 1 8 oz. container Cream Cheese, softened
What advice has been passed down to you? How do you create a comfortable environment for your guests?
Sarah Kathryn Marlowe
The Supper Table
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