Next time you think about throwing an elaborate, high-stress party, give real life entertaining a try.

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Just like our friends in Portland did when we recently had dinner at their place on a beautiful summer’s evening. My friend, Steph, definitley has entertaining down.

She’s not worried about the tables matching.

And the little kids sat with the big kids (us!)

We ate the freshest of fresh.

And I have to say this meal created an element of joy for the adults, to hear these adorable kids chattering about life and their food. I love how little kids just say what’s on their mind.

Our meal consisted of:
Caprise Summer Salad
Halibut on the Grill
Fresh corn on the cob
Juicy Watermelon

And then the best dessert. Which will be in another post. :)

You may have followed along with my Summer Entertaining in 30 Days, but I also love following my friend Steph’s guideline: Just Make it Easy.

Real life entertaining is the exact opposite of picture-perfect. It should be easy and relaxing.

When you’re around the table, you’re surrounded by the people you love. The stress and worry of perfect just goes away.

Do you include the little kids with the big kids at the table for a summer sit-down meal?