by Nina

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  1. Seana Turner

    I call myself a “lazy entertainer.” I always ask people to bring things to share… and I often use paper plates and cups. I want to be willing to have people over and not worry about it. It works for me.

  2. Jessy

    My hospitality rule is “only make four things”. I used to be overwhelmed and paralyzed because I thought I had to have meat, potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls, dessert plus appetizers. Four things: meat, salad, sliced tomatoes, and pie, for example. If guests want to bring something, a dessert will be fine and I MIGHT add in potatoes. Yes, slicing a tomato counts!

  3. Audrey Wyatt

    As an introvert who has to work myself up to go over to someone else’s house, I now know that the first thing I have to do when I get there is to find a job. I can’t immediately do small talk or “work the room”…I would rather go sit in a corner and pretend to play on my phone until I’m comfortable. One of the easiest ways for me to have a job is to help in the kitchen, so when you said that you tell them no, it made me panic a little. I completely understand that it is your space, but if you have any introverted guests, leave something for them to do, even if it’s folding the napkins…just something. This has saved me from uncomfortable situations (or not even going) so many times, and now my close friends and husband know that this is the only way for me to survive the first 15 minutes or so.

  4. Hannah Beth Reid

    I love the phrase “turn on the circus” because it does exactly describe what sometimes happens with children!
    Great tips and examples! Thanks!

  5. Dani

    We celebrate a sort of “Christian Shabbat” every Friday evening where we USUALLY invite people. Sometimes I’m really just too tired to talk with other human beings. But our family (also with 4 kiddos), really loves to have guests and one of our values is an open home. What makes it simpler for me is knowing that my kids will be kids, and when I have that in my head, it makes it a lot simpler for me around guests. With this mentality, they aren’t ruining the meal with their noise, they are part of the experience. Since we often have university students over, I find they actually like the life that happens at our table.

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