Inherited Hostessing

 I was brought up in a home where my parents entertained a lot – my mother was a great cook.  She’d clean the house from stem to stern, bring out  her best china and silver and arrange her own flowers.  Her presentation was flawless, she had a wonderful knack for decorating and food preparation and she seemed to do it with ease.  My sister and I inherited this gift, or curse, depending on how you look at it and we entertain with a similar ease and enjoyment.  My brother doesn’t lack in the in that department either.

I’ve been married 29 years and except for a vacation abroad, I don’t think a weekend has gone by in all that time that my husband and I haven’t entertained in our home. Because we entertain so often we pretty much have it down to a science.  For this reason I thought I would share some of our secrets, our successes  and the stories from behind the scenes.

My husband loves to eat.  I don’t think a food exists that he doesn’t enjoy eating. Just to watch him eat a 5 lb. lobster is entertainment in and of itself. He is in charge of our social calendar and prefers to invite friends to our home for dinner. I wouldn’t say it is a totally fifty/fifty division of work but without him, it would be more of a chore than an enjoyable experience.  Every other week I am lucky to have someone clean my bathrooms and common areas of our home which definitely takes the stress out of entertaining. I work my larger party plans around the cleaning schedule. This was one luxury my mother didn’t have.

Our children have embarked on living their own lives away from home but they, too have inherited the bug for entertaining.  My daughters, Kate and Alyssa, do most of their own cooking. My son, Donald is quite a baker and certainly won’t starve if left to himself.  Alyssa actually hosted a holiday dinner party she prepared herself. She set the dining room table using my best china and silver.She insisted that her guests get dressed up, the boys in ties and jackets.  I arrived home to find the kitchen spotless.  I was very impressed.  I’ll blog about that at a later date.

TIP:Bring out the good stuff – the china and the silver.  They deserve to get out of the cabinet once in a while.

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