At the beginning of this year, my friend Rachael had the simple but brilliant idea to start having regular dinner parties. She called it the Dinner Club for Underachievers, and she set the rules to be simple enough that even families in crazy seasons of life could participate. The rules are:
- Couples take turn hosting the dinner club
- The hosts do not have to provide any food — they just provide drinks and paper plates and utensils
- Each guest brings a dish (appetizer, main course, or dessert)
- The guests don’t bring kids (but the host’s kids can stay there)
- We gather every other month
It has provided the couples we know with an opportunity to get to know one another by sharing good food, good drinks, and some all-too-rare uninterrupted conversation. It has solidified bonds among people who were previously only acquaintances, and brought about new friendships.
Also, the laid-back atmosphere has shown me over and over again that you don’t have to have a perfect house and fancy food and dozens of guests to make a good party: a welcoming host and a couple of good-spirited guests are truly the main ingredients to a wonderful event.
I had Rachael as a guest on my radio show to talk about all of this, and you can listen to the interview here! I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.
(If you’re reading this on email you’ll need to click through to see the player.)
A big thanks to Rachael for talking to me about her fantastic idea. I’d love to see more people start their own Dinner Clubs for Underachievers!
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