Written by contributor Sandy Coughlin of Reluctant Entertainer.
Getting to know people takes effort. Friendships don’t just happen. It’s what we teach our kids: You have to be a friend to have a friend.
And making a “summer dinner invite” is a perfect way to get to know new people!
This is also the easiest season to make entertaining moments happen! Menu planning is easier, as you can have people enter your yard through the side gate (and never step foot in your home, if that is your fear).
The great outdoors gives you all the decor you’d ever need, or you can even meet friends at the park for a picnic…the list goes on and on.
Think of it this way: If you are a shy person, or you have a quiet family, challenge yourself to talk more to people. Encourage your kids to talk more to their friends and to adults. Kids need to be shown how it’s done, so it’s our responsibility as adults to teach them how to be hospitable.
Entertaining means that we have to put ourselves aside and be willing to ask others about their lives. It takes risk on both sides to forge a new relationship.
Here are a few tips for an easy summer dinner:
- Discuss as a family which individuals you’d all have a good time with and invite them over.
- Include singles, senior couples, neighbors, etc.
- Step out of the comfort zone of always inviting the same people over.
- It’s okay to not invite negative/downer/gossipy people over.
- If you want to grow more in your relationship with God and with others, invite people who can encourage you and your family in this area.
Inviting takes effort. And summer is an easy time to do it.
Open the doors to the great outdoors and invite others in! We recently had five people over and sat on the back patio for hours.
Are you planning a summer get-together? What’s your secret to adding in “new” people who might be needing fellowship?