Friday, April 5, 2013

365 Inspirations—95: Cooking for a Party I'm Hosting

"We labor to make a house a home, then every time we're expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house."—Robert Brault

Today was an extremely busy day. A friend I hadn't seen in a long time suddenly appeared at my front door this morning, so we had tea together and chatted. I also met a friend for lunch!

I went to the grocery store to get ready for a party I'm hosting for a friend tomorrow. I meant to clean the house today, but got sidetracked and gardened instead.

It felt good to get my hands dirty and dig up weeds and tidy up the garden. I tried to mow the lawn with the push mower, but my husband came home and did a more thorough job with the lawn mower. We have this huge camellia tree in our front yard and it's dropping bright pink petals everywhere. They are so beautiful that I didn't really want to rake them up, but they were starting to form a huge pile at our front door.

After hanging out in the yard for quite some time, I finally ventured into the kitchen and began cooking. I made a spicy lentil and sausage soup, two quiches, a fruit salad and I sliced veggies for a veggie and dip tray. While I was cooking, I also cleaned out the fridge.

Needless to say, I'm now pooped, but haven't really cleaned yet for the event. People are coming over at 12:00pm tomorrow, so I guess I'd better get up a little earlier than I usually do and get to work ^_^!

I like having people over because it gives me a reason to clean my yard and house, otherwise I tend to get lazy about it and put it off. Hosting a dinner or party is a great way to get things in order!

Do you ever have a party at your house or people over for dinner? Do you think it helps you to get organized?


  1. There's a meme that circulates on Facebook every once in a while showing a woman with a crazed look on her face and the caption reads, "I get more house cleaning done in the half-hour before company arrives than I do all year long". I can relate!!

    I love to have friends over for lunch, dinner, brunch or just hanging out. I come from a large family where reunions and impromptu get-togethers are the norm, so perhaps it's a comfort zone for me. I enjoy having large groups of people around, and I enjoy the process of making a meal for them. I do my best to not get all wound up and worried about how the house looks, though, because they all know me and my pack rat tendencies!

    Happy Spring, Katherine! Btw, I love your new haircut! :)



  2. Yes, having guests seemed to be the only way to have an organized house. Since I don't have a house now, most of my cooking or entertaining is done on the holidays at my daughters house.