There is nothing quite as special as gathering with friends. You look forward to it with great anticipation, and you love making them feel welcome and a little pampered. And so you make sure everyone has a drink in hand soon after arrival, along with something to nibble because it elevates the moment into a celebration of friendship.
But how do you help that happen naturally? Mark and I like to ask our friends to bring their favorite beverage to enjoy during appetizers. A favorite bottle of wine, or the makings for a mixed drink, is a fantastic conversation starter and a great way to jumpstart everyone feeling comfortable. Before you know it, your friends start chatting about what they brought and why they decided to bring it. They spontaneously turn into hosts for each other, filling each other’s glasses. And then they start on the tasty appetizers. There is nothing quite like the moment when gathering with friends turns into a celebration.
GATHERING WITH FRIENDS
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Barbara and Mark getting our drinks ready.