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End-of-summer, beginning of Autumn entertaining.

Entertaining to me is easy. I’m not reluctant, which confuses many because of the title of my blog. But I came up with the name Reluctant Entertainer when I realized people just don’t ever do it. So even though I’m not reluctant, I still have to push past my fears – a lot.

People are too worried about what others think to open up their homes. (My sons poured the water; oops! a little spill …)

Some people I know only do it when they can throw a big party, because they think people “expect it.”

I think they are wrong. I think they want to impress. Or, they believe if they can’t impress, they shouldn’t try.

People don’t expect anything, except for a good meal (yes, food is important!) and a good time. A good time is called “connection.” It’s when you feel comfortable with the people you are eating with. You enjoy their company. You break bread together and you bond — sometimes over the good things in life, sometimes over painful things in life, either over laughter or tears.

When we put ourselves aside and decide to give the gift of love and food to others, and make sure everyone has a good time, that is true entertaining. (And remember, even at age 6, we can teach and learn a lot about hospitality!)

Last Sunday night we hosted 17 here in our backyard.

Being the end of summer, I bought $3.99 flowers at the local grocery store (inexpensive; the flowers in our yard are looking very “end-of-summer-ish”).

I used a brightly colored paper napkin.

Set out the dishes. The family helped me set the table.

Our friends brought some of the food so the whole meal wasn’t on me.

The older mingled with the younger.

Good food. Good fellowship. Good conversation. Memorable for all.

It was good ol’ fashioned entertaining. Nothing over-the-top.

But I wonder … I wonder … what if our conversation was life-changing, even for one person at the table?

We just never know.

End of summer entertaining. Moving forward in to Autumn. It brings a warmth and excitement to my soul. :)

When’s the last time you pushed past your fear of entertaining, and just did it?

If you’re joining my 30 Days series for the first time, you may have missed these posts:

Day 1. Autumn.
Day 2. Health.