A couple of weeks ago my friend, Gretchen, was telling me of her friend who just moved to the suburbs. The friend was amazed at how social the new neighborhood was, and almost a little shocked. One of the dads on the block told her, "you always have to have snacks for the kids and beers in the fridge." Because, well, you never know when someone is going to swing by, or an impromptu party will break out.
I kind of love that.
I realized my friends and I have been saying that now…snacks for the kids, beers in the fridge (new mantra?).
I have definitely had family or neighbors stop by and been underprepared and it's the worst to peer into the empty fridge only to then renege the drink offer.
I recently read these great posts (here and here) about how you make people feel in your home. It's all about worrying less about what you are serving, or the way things look, and focusing on how your guests feel about themselves. My mom is the best at this. From the minute you walk in the door, you start to relax and enjoy the moment. And what's better than that?
How do you feel about impromptu gatherings?