5 Easy Entertaining Ideas

The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It’s about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment. – Shauna Niequist

I love this quote so much because it reminds me that opening my home for entertaining and being hospitable is not about perfection. It’s about connection with people and making someone feel welcome. People need conversation and relationship over the Pinterest-perfect experience. Hospitality, while it might not come natural to you, doesn’t have to be hard. If you’re planning on entertaining over the weekend, then here a few simple stress-free ways to do it.

1. Progressive Dinner

Share the workload and the stress. Start at one house for appetizers. Move to another house for the main dish, and finish up at someone else’s for dessert.

2. Neighborhood Breakfast

Get to know your neighbors or invite friends for a drop-by breakfast. Serve prepared breakfast foods like bagels, Danish pastries, and fruit.

3. Game Night

Gather some friends for a weekly bunko game, cards or Pictionary™. Have everyone bring a snack food.

4. Home Birthday Parties

Have your children’s birthday parties at your house. Keep the food simple and fun or go with a theme.

5. Plan a Partio

When our best friends moved into their home a few years back they had a great back deck. They planned a simple gathering we dubbed a “partio”. It was a party on the patio that they hosted on their back deck. Guests brought a drink or an app to share and everyone had a blast just being together enjoying their outdoor space.

What would you add to this list?