“I pray that we’ll live with intention, hope, and love in this wild season and every season, and that the God who loves us will bring new life to our worn-out hearts this year and every year, that we’ll live, truly and deeply, in the present, instead of waiting, waiting, waiting for perfect.”
Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine
We kicked off Table52 Saturday evening!
So much of the heart of Table52 was not to just fill our home with party after party, but to host ‘dinner parties of intention.’ With this goal in mind, we spent time as a family preparing questions to aid in getting to know our guests.
What is shared after being prompted about a favorite childhood memory, or how time is spent on a free saturday afternoon, or a pivotal moment in their life’s journey gives much insight into their life’s focus and personal worldview.
We spent Saturday evening rolling out yeasty homemade dough, spooning on sauce, sprinkling on cheese, piling on the toppings and enjoying the freedom that comes from make-your-own-pizza bar. The kids were delighted by the hot cocoa buffet, and happily filled their mugs with marshmallows, candy canes and all types of sugary delights.
So much more than the food, it was the fellowship of being together–which allowed the crinkle of discovering our guests live dairy free to become a minor adjustment and not a major crisis. When the emphasis is people, not food, the food doesn’t matter that much after all. This both a huge relief, and a kind gift you can give yourself as the hostess, really.
It was a wonderful reminder that hospitality is so much more than having every detail planned to perfection, but being fully present for your guests.
It was a sweet evening–one many months in the making– I’m confident we’ll again gather together around the table, feeding both the body & the soul.