Blog Title: M&M: Hostesses with the Mostesses
About Us: Martha is organized and methodical. Mary is dreamy and creative. Together we make a great team. We are two sisters who enjoy entertaining. We believe any get-together can be special and unique. On our blog we share fun ideas and recipes to make your next social gathering a big success!
Intended Audience: The creative and crafty will find good inspiration in our blog.
Surefire Ways to Make Your Next Dinner a Smashing Success:
- If possible, have a partner to help with the set-up, cooking and serving dinner.
- Serve a delicious meal. Our suggestion is a lentil stew seasoned with cumin or coriander, cheese, olives, onions and bread with fresh fruit like melons or figs and an assortment of dried fruits like dried dates and pomegranates (Source). Add a good wine and voila! A perfect dinner.
- Do as much prep-work the day before as possible.
- Greet your guests warmly.
- While preparing the meal, do not neglect your guests. This is another benefit of having a co-host for your dinner. If you are busy in the kitchen, your helper can be with the guests. Then switch! You be with the guests and your helper can take over the cooking.
- Remember that your guests are your number one priority. Make sure they are comfortable.
- Also remember that sometimes in life, it’s more important to stop and listen than it is to have the perfect table setting.
- And last, but certainly not least, if you do co-host a dinner and your helper flakes on you, don’t make a big deal about it!
Hi! It’s Mary sneaking in here. There’s a funny story behind that last tip! My sister would just die if she knew I was telling you all this, but Martha hasn’t always been the perfect hostess!
It was a while ago, and I don’t know if I should give his real name, but a very well-known man stopped by our house for dinner. Of course, as usual, Martha was preoccupied with preparing and cooking the perfect meal, while I was entertaining our visitor. He was simply fascinating! I could have sat at his feet listening to him speak all night long!
When Martha saw me sitting, she figured I was shirking my duties and making more work for her. She got frustrated and said to our important guest, “My sister has left me to do all the work! Tell her to help me!”
I will never forget when our guest, who shall remain nameless, replied, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things,but few things are needed—or indeed only one.Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41NIV).
I felt bad for Martha, then. Her face lost all color and it was obvious she was embarrassed. But she took the words to heart. She learned that serving is a worthy pursuit, but not at the expense of hearing the words of the Lord and learning from them. Oops! I guess I did a little name dropping there.
Your dinner guests may not be as important as this particular guest (and let’s face it nobody is or ever will be as important), but they are still significant. Without them, it wouldn’t be a special occasion. So plan and prepare, but don’t sweat it if everything isn’t perfect. Spend time with the company you keep!
Are you Martha or Mary? I’m Martha. I am always busy during dinners or parties and have to make myself stop and take the time to visit with guests.
Now for a self-promotional plug! I’m blogging at The Caffeine Coquette today! I hope you’ll click and visit. It’s a short piece that explains why I enjoy running so much!