I love how food begins conversations and creates energy. The buzz that happens around food can be so exciting, and people just seem happier!

That’s exactly what happened this past weekend as I hosted my sisters for a lovely summer evening meal. We had a really fun time!

Get-togethers take the “formal” out of a dinner-party, because they are casual and everyone pitches in and there is a more relaxed feeling.

We brought dinner out near the garden where we had the table set to enjoy our time together–sisters and spouse–and the kids were on their own.

The best part of the meal (besides the delicious steak my husband barbecued) was that my sisters brought me a blueberry and a chocolate birthday pie.

There’s a sense of shared experience–whether a birthday, a celebration, or just getting together for fun–of discovery and excitement when we come together.

It does seem easier sometimes when you entertaining family. Or maybe it’s just that my sisters and I work really well together in the kitchen.

Either way, there’s way less stress and anxiety for the hosts when everyone pitches in.

Do you find it easier to entertain family?

My best birthday gift today was winning a trip to NYC to the Food Network Wine and Food Festival through The Pork Board, and my sisters get to come with me. Happy Dance! I really hope I get to meet Alton Brown. He’s been my favorite for years. :)

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.