I love hosting people in my home. Having the opportunity to serve others brings me so much joy, but quite honestly, it doesn't always happen with how fast paced life can seem at times unless I'm intentional. I know that many of us don't feel we have the gift of hospitality or are waiting for our homes to be 'just perfect'. Inviting others in is a wonderful way to create community and build relationships. I encourage you in this season to be available and invite those that have been on your heart lately into your home. Trust me. It will be worth it!
Last Sunday afternoon, I invited some girlfriends over from various places in my life, to join me for a Friendsgiving. Some of them I've known for years and others I had recently met. We had a great time catching up on where life has us currently. I served hot apple cider, light appetizers and a sweet bites bar that included pumpkin bars, salted caramel and chocolate oat bars and apple cider bundt cake. I really wanted to be outside because the weather here in Seattle has been unusually warm for the fall.. until recently. The weather didn't quite cooperate that day, but I snuck a few pics quickly of what I wanted the table to look like. ;) The decor was simple; I used plaid scarves as table runners and painted mini pumpkins to match. I pulled out my vintage 50's snackware sets and my Grandma's silverware (I do this any chance I get!) I also had a simple 'Give Thanks' banner craft station available. The afternoon was so refreshing. I am truly thankful for the friendships God has placed in my life.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!