Have you ever noticed that some people have the uncanny ability to inspire those around them?

My mind goes back to about ten years ago to mouth-watering meals and magical evenings spent with friends. I walked away from those meals not only inspired, but I had a deeper feeling and sense of love toward those couples.

Authenticity and intimacy shifted from couple to couple, person to person. Because of those evenings, early on in our married life, a passion for entertaining was born in my heart. I was catching the passion.

What I came to realize was the more I started entertaining singles, couples or families in our home, the more I received from the other end. It became easier as I got my routine down.

Now I’m at the point where, as I prepare or pick up the house, (not that it’s mandatory to have a clean house!), I find myself thinking about the family coming over for dinner and envisioning our time together.

That might sound a little trite, but thinking, or praying, helps me to focus and get done what I need to!

Here are 3 easy steps to remember, and if you haven’t caught the “passion” yourself, maybe following these steps will get you going in the right direction.

1. Make it fun and simple (Commandment #2). Pull out an easy, standby recipe. Be organized by preparing ahead of time. Start off the evening with energy and optimism.

2. Remember it’s not all about you (Commandment #5 and #7)! Shift your attention from yourself to your guest. Don’t ask yourself, do they like what I cooked? Do they like me? How am I coming across as a hostess? How do I look? But rather, what do my guests need or what can I give them? And, help me to listen!

3. Show them your passion (Commandment #1). Charisma is letting your enthusiasm and optimism show by inspiring those around you. Don’t hold back! Show them the benefits of entertaining by experiencing an unforgettable evening. Kids are often so passionate about life. Including your kids as a part of the evening will always please the group! Your family’s charisma can inspire your guests to drop their guard and then they might follow suit with friends in their lives. And hopefully they will reciprocate. (Hey, isn’t that a great idea?!?)

Approach the evening with confidence and leave your guests with a gift, the gift of catching the passion!

(All photos are from Thanksgiving 2006, as our kids were so much a part of that day! And the guests loved it!!)

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