hey friends, let’s chat about the suddenly chic crappy dinner party. the article goes into more details but basically the rules are: forget the rules, see the people. as someone who spent all day saturday seeing people i wish i saw more often, i’m all in.
extra credit for those of you extra-credit-seeking types: serve the frozen pizza (or pear, goat cheese, and chicken panini) on your fancy china. you know, the “good” stuff you save for “special” occasions. because time spent with your people is the special occasion.
we received a solemn reminder of this recently when a friend of ours lost her 5-week old baby. in her social media post alerting family and friends of the tragedy that had struck her family, she ended by encouraging us to celebrate her son’s life and really live our own as we:
hug each other tonight.
hug your sweet babies.
use the china, wear the clothes, take the picture, do the thing.
life is short.
so if having another quick and easy recipe in your back pocket (or really, a pizza in the freezer works too!) helps you see your people, then i’m all about it.
on a related note, you may have noticed that i sometimes categorize recipes as “weeknight”. these are the recipes that i consider totally doable on a weeknight when you’ve been juggling things all day long and just want to eat some tasty food without fussing in the kitchen too much.
some of the “weeknight” recipes violate crappy dinner party rule #2 about not requiring a trip to the grocery store but once you have the ingredients, you can have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.
and finally, the recipes are equally delicious whether served on fine china or paper plates but they are definitely best enjoyed with your people sitting around the table with you. thank you for being here and letting me join you at your table.