HOSPITALITY — AN ATTITUDE OF THE HEART BY DIANA HAGEE
John and I have lived at our present home almost sixteen years and have had at least twelve thousand guests tor dinner. It’s not something I wish to brag about. It is something I have been privileged to do. From family dinners and festive occasions to bridal showers and wedding receptions, we have enjoyed them tremendously. The number of people at these occasions has ranged from one to three hundred at a time. Our goal has always been to make people feel welcomed when they arrive and satisfied when they leave.
The menus I’ve planned for various gatherings were simple crowd pleasers. I used lots of hamburger, spaghetti and meat sauce, tacos with trimmings, chili, and beans. These meals were economical and easy to prepare. I can repeat them as often as I want because we have had different people every time.
Eventually, through lots of planning for the party at our home and cooking, I’ve learned that hospitality is always well received. Here some simple steps to begin your own adventure in that:
You must know that these are guidelines I have developed to help make dinners easier to prepare. You may have many of your own ideas. I encourage you to be creative in finding ways to make this time as easy as possible. The key is to be flexible and keep your eyes set on the motive of your event.
(Adapted from "The King’s Daughter" by Diana Hagee)
hospitality — гостеприимство
festive occasions — праздничные события
tremendously — очень сильно; потрясающе; великолепно
taco with trimmings — тако с гарниром (мексиканское блюдо в виде тартинки, сложенной вдвое, с мясной начинкой)
to plan smth in advance — планировать что-либо заранее
a rarity — редкость
on a tight budget — скромный бюджет; на скромном бюджете
a spark of creativity — искорка фантазии; искорка креативности
to make smth ahead of time — сделать что-либо раньше срока
to be flexible — быть гибким