Beauty Around the Table: People!
One of my favorite nights of the year is New Year’s Eve. It’s when a group of our friends come together and we eat and talk for 5 hours! I’ve decided a long time ago, it’s not really the table setting or the meal that I would cook on this night that will make it successful.
No, it’s the people.
Looking back to my Change it Around Party from past years, each year gets better and better. Maybe my husband and I are getting “entertaining down to a science,” but I believe our “talk” is what it’s really about. We’re not afraid to walk the talk and go deep with another.
We mix it up every year with our guest list. Tradition is good but it can also limit creativity. So we “mix it up” and invite some new couples each year. I like to think of this night as rotating through our “awesome friends Rolodex.”
Change can be important and good. It can revive and refresh. It’s sometimes risky, but it can be powerful. The goal for this dinner party every year is to change the seating for every course. That way everyone gets to sit by someone new.
My girlfriends are great – they get in and help me in between courses, because this type of party takes planning and time.
– After each course, ask your guests to grab their drinking glasses and step aside (into the living room)
– Ask a designated person to move the place cards to the new seating schedule
– Ask another friend to put down clean silverware and fresh napkins
– Turn the music up loudly and make it a fun, festive time for all
The in-between time is important because your guests can run to the restroom, or sit and mingle more with one another. Then everyone is seated back in a new arrangement. Usually it’s about a 10-minute break.
Conversation is the key to a successful evening. Having questions to ask the guests involves everyone and creates a lot of laughter and intimacy. We are social people who sometimes need to be encouraged by one another in a safe environment.
NYE is a night of cherishing good friends. It’s a time to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new. God is always involved in our talk, and we start the night off with a meaningful prayer. I love how when midnight hits, hugs and kisses take place, and not just from spouse to spouse. We all know that God has blessed us immensely, and even in tough times our strength is found in Him, but also bolstered very much by the people who surround us.
This may be a year of change for many, but change is an opportunity to grow and to mature. All relationships can be improved. It may take effort as a single person or as a married couple to put more into people this year. To forge new relationships or to even rebuild old ones.
We’re imperfect people living in an imperfect world. We need each other and 2010 is a great year to start living and giving of ourselves more.
Do you have any relationship goals for 2010?
(View how I set the table, here.)