For the finale of dinner club, we made it the biggest and the best with a progressive dinner!
THE DINNER CLUB FINALE
About a year ago, a very beautiful tradition, inspired by Jen Hatmaker, started. Last summer I had a goal to throw a dinner party with a fancy shmancy, real-deal homemade dinner. I did that, but then decided to amp things up. Sometimes I get an idea and then before I know it, it’s spun out in a million directions. This relates to the dinner party because while planning the dinner party, I realized the potential of what could be. This could be a dinner club. It could be a monthly, real-food-and-real-talk deal. So what happened with this idea? A dinner party was planned, and that led to the start of dinner club.
Here’s a recap on how-to throw a dinner party or even start your very own dinner club! The steps are simple:
- STEP 1: INVITE PEOPLE OVER FOR DINNER
- STEP 2: PLAN THE MENU
- STEP 3: SET THE TABLE
- STEP 4: COOK THE MEAL
- STEP 5: EAT DINNER
- STEP 6: CLEAN UP
- STEP 7: SLEEP
- STEP 8: REPEAT NEXT MONTH
Our dinner club was one of the highlights of my year! No matter how busy our schedules (and let me tell you, they were always so different and full!), we always prioritized dinner club every month. It was one of the best days every month to be able to spend quality-time with good friends while eating good food. As spring came to a close, reality hit that dinner club would be coming to an end. We all were moving very far from Kirksville (the Pelcs to South Carolina, the Franklins to Iowa, and the Smiths to Texas!) which would obviously make dinner club impossible. We decided to go out with a finale and make our last dinner party the biggest and the best with a progressive.
the progressive part
When I say progressive, I mean we had appetizers at one house, the main course at another, and dessert at the final house. We piled in a huge van, moving from house to house after we ate as much of one cours as possible. We also dressed up for the occasion! And while the photos were low quality, the experience was the highest of quality! We left the evening with full hearts and fuller souls. And because some things are better explained with pictures, here’s a recap from our dinner club finale!
APPETIZERS: Chicken wings from the Pelcs!
MAIN COURSE: Grilled burgers & chips at the Smiths
DESSERT: Lemon curd tart & coffee at the Franklins
DINNER CLUB: The crew
So here’s the deal: building community is important. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does have to be a priority. Don’t let business be an excuse to say no. These people became some of my dearest friends. They welcomed me, encouraged me, and I ALWAYS left dinner club feeling better than when I arrived.
So, I challenge you strengthen your community. If you have one, awesome! I encourage you to keep pouring into them. If you don’t yet have one, start building one. Ask people to spend time with you, even for a simple meal like pizza! Ritualize your friendships and watch each other grow throughout the seasons of your life.