Greetings and Happy Tuesday everyone! Today is kind of my "Monday" as I took yesterday off as a study day. Don't be jealous, though. I spent 6 hours studying for the CFA so it wasn't exactly a day of leisure... I did fit in a movie night with Phil, though, so at least it ended on fun note!
On Saturday night, I had a little dinner party at my place. It had been well over a year since I had friends over for dinner and I really wanted one last hurrah at my place before the big move ahead of me. At the end of the night, we got to talking about what kind of hosts we are, mostly as it pertained to our approach to doing dishes, so I thought it would be a fun post topic to talk about the kind of host I am/have become over the years!
I'm the kind of host...
- that fails to take pictures of what I made to share because I get too caught up in getting everything on the table.
- that prefers to serve things that can be mostly made ahead of time - like the lasagna that I served on Saturday. I had assembled it and froze it ahead of time so that I would just have to bake it that night.
- that is totally ok with having people bring things to share instead of taking on the whole meal on my own. On Saturday, I provided the appetizer (olive tapenade, assorted olives, crackers, and cheese), the main dish (lasagna), and the dessert (baked apples with a rum sauce + vanilla ice cream). My guests brought wine/beer, salad, bread, and the rum for the dessert sauce as I didn't have any rum!
- that has to do the dishes when the meal is over. In other words, I am not a soaker. I know that this is not optimal host behavior because it sort of takes me out of the hub of conversations, etc, but I just can't handle having dirty dishes piled up on my counter or a dirty lasagna pan soaking in my sink. Luckily my condo has an open floor plan so I can still be part of the conversations.
It was kind of bittersweet to gather in my condo one last time. I know there will be dinner parties in the future as I do really think I will move back eventually, but I am not sure how soon that will happen, so I tried to savor the time as much as possible on Saturday night.
Do you enjoy hosting dinners? What kind of dinner host are you? I LOVE having people over for dinner, I just don't do it as often as I would like!