Open Wide the Doors
Over the Memorial Day Weekend, Alison and I didn't have much going on. She had to work on Saturday and we didn't have any plans to go anywhere or do anything on either Sunday or Monday. I was in the mood to have some people over, so we invited my parents and one of Alison's colleagues over for a cookout. The weather was scorchingly hot, but we ended up with a delicious meal of hamburgers, chips, and key lime bars. Alison and I do occasionally entertain friends, usually about one hangout every other month. Our Memorial Day gathering reminded me that entertaining friends is a lot of fun and that we should be doing it more often.
You don't need a reason to invite friends or family over for a meal. Certainly there are plenty of holidays and other types of special days to be observed, but it's also cool to have a just-because hangout. You get to use your dining room table for what it was made for, which is a lot of fun. Adding people to your table is a nice change of scenery, not to mention the table facilitates great communication. In fact, I didn't realize how nice having a dining room was until we had friends over and we gathered around our table. It was a lot of fun!
During the summer months, hanging out outside is where it's at. Eating on the deck or having a picnic in your yard are great possibilities and a fun setting for everyone involved. These hangouts are a great way to bond, get to know each other better, and make some great memories.
Invite some friends or colleagues over to your house this weekend. Play a game, share a meal, and be a great host. It'll be a wonderful time for everyone involved.