An Inviting Home

Home Sweet Home Blog Series. Post #4

The last post for the blog series is all about having an inviting home.  Having a peaceful home, a healthy home, and a cozy home all help you prepare to open your home to others.  The holiday season is when most people take more time to be thankful for what they have.  What better way to share your blessings with others than to invite them to share a meal around your table and time of fellowship in your home.

This post goes along with the Southern Hospitality post I did recently.  Practicing hospitality and serving other people in your home can be a form of ministry.  Is there an old friend you need to connect with, a new family in town you should get to know, or maybe a neighbor that needs encouragement.  Reach out to them and invite them over.

There are so many fun things to do during the fall.  Football, bonfires, hunting, apple picking, carving pumpkins, the list goes on.  I wanted to share a few easy, no-fuss ways to practice hospitality during the fall.  I think it is important to make things simple and easy so that you take the stress out of hosting.

A Chili Bar.  A simple and easy meal for the cooler months is chili.  Chili is perfect to warm you up after a cold evening deer hunting with friends or for watching a football game.  Put on a big pot of chili, invite a few friends over, and then set out a few toppings for the chili. So easy!

Pumpkin Carving.  Purchase a few pumpkins and invite other families over for a pumpkin carving party.  Bake (or purchase) a pumpkin pie or other pumpkin themed treats to serve.  If your family isn’t into trick-or-treating, this could be a fun alternative on Halloween.

A Baked Potato Bar.  This is another simple and easy meal.  The only thing you would really have to prepare are the potatoes.  Just have a bunch of different toppings to go on them.  Start a bonfire, invites some friends, make some s’mores, and you have the perfect fall evening.

Friendsgiving.  I love the idea of having a friendsgiving get-together.  Before Thanksgiving rolls around, I think it is a great idea to get some friends together for a pot-luck.  It is a great chance to enjoy fellowship with others.  The host usually cooks the meat and everyone else brings a side dish or dessert.  It could easily become a fun tradition you do every year.

Bonfire.  I mentioned this above, but a bonfire can go along with any of these ideas or it could just be done on its own.  Nothing beats sitting around a bonfire and catching up with friends!  Now if we could just get some cooler weather down South we would be good to go.

I love this time of year, and how it reminds us of how blessed we are.  It is so worth it to put in a little effort, and open up your home in order to spend extra time with friends and family.

I would love to hear about the ways you spend time with friends or family this time of year, so comment below!

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