I'm laying there, wide awake in the middle of the night, when everyone else in the house is fast asleep... the soft hum of fans blowing the warm summer air all around, and I'm mentally going down a list of thoughts?
Sometimes I've got so many that I have to get out of bed, find a notebook and write them down. (I saw a pin on Pinterest that said, "I don't trust people who go to bed and fall immediately to sleep- don't they have any thoughts?" Indeed. My man is like that. Right to sleep!) (Secretly envious.)
The other night I was going through one of those nights and as I checked things off in my head I realized I was supposed to host bible study the following night. I normally love hosting things and yet for whatever the reason, I've been more of a clean out the fridge-throw-it-all-on-the-table phase of life. And it hasn't bothered me in the slightest because those are often the best parties anyway.
Good hostesses know it's far more about how your friends and loved ones feel IN your house, than how they feel ABOUT your house and the common denominator for making them feel relaxed and comfortable IN your house... is you... not what you do or don't do, not what you serve or how you serve it and for that matter... you can be a good hostess anywhere because that is the definition of hospitality in my humble opinion; Drawing people out of themselves, setting them at ease in your presence and making memories while doing it... and you can do that anywhere, under any circumstances.
Though pretty straws and napkins never hurt. I'm just saying.
Popcorn! Who doesn't like popcorn? Then it hit me even harder... EASY throw together buffet style popcorn bar with a sweet or savory style seasoning shaker and DONE! Boom!
I loved it.
Then, I scribbled the "menu" on my chalkboard and popped two bags of microwave popcorn. Once I filled a big canister with that and added a scoop, I whipped together a sweet and savory topping and filled inexpensive grocery store shakers with them. The "savory" was simply an envelope of ranch dressing mix and the "sweet" was cinnamon and stevia mixed together. (You could do cinnamon and sugar, obviously.)
I ripped some brown paper and stamped it with "sweet" and "savory" and tied them on with twine... and that was it.
a simple and quick, good idea that makes it's way on my blog.
The popcorn idea was a hit and I'm definitely going to use it again when I'm in a time pinch because I've always got a few bags of it on hand. And bible study was lovely because we took a million rabbit trail conversations and went where they took us...
Hmm... kind of like the same way my mind works when I'm trying to fall asleep! Ha!
Do you have any middle of the night "Aha-ideas?"