I had the great good fortune to have all my girlfriends over for dinner on Wednesday night.
I have six friends who were Girl Scout leaders at the same time I was back in the 90's. Now that all our girls are grown (and some are married -and some have made us grandmothers!!) we were worried that we wouldn't see each other anymore, and that we'd lose touch.
So we started having dinner out once a month. And we've been doing it for at least 7 or 8 years. We love getting together and talking about our lives - our families, our jobs, our vacations and adventures. Sometimes there are only 3 of us there, sometimes all 7 - but we always have a great time.
This month, I offered to have everyone come to my house. Only one friend had seen the inside of it, and I thought it would be fun to be "the hostess".
And it was soooo much fun! At first, they'd talked about everyone bringing something. But I sent them an email asking if they'd allow me to cook and serve them a meal. And they agreed.
It was the first time in ten years I've been able to have a real "dinner party". When we were living in the condo and I had people over, we had to have pizza or something similar because I didn't have room at the table for a lot of people.
This time, I took my good dishes out of storage, set a pretty table, cleaned the house, lit some candles and created an inviting ambience.
And we had a wonderful time. I'm thinking we might have started a new trend. We so enjoyed being able to relax, and my guests were able to stay as long as they wanted. In a restaurant, you're limited. So next month Sue is going to have a Christmas dinner at her house - and maybe we'll continue visiting each other's homes instead of going to restaurants.
I loved being the hostess and can't wait to do it again.