Every other week, two of my best friends and our husbands take turn hosting Dinner Club. Each one of us takes turns playing hostess, and who ever is hosting is responsible for everything-dinner, dessert, drinks, and cleanup. Twice a month, we gather around tables and talk about life, about work and church and things that make us laugh and things that sometimes just plain bum us out.
Its almost been a year of dinner clubs, and aside from the good conversation and the many laughs with friends, we've had amazing food. More often than not one or all of us girls show up in yoga pants, and takeout is never discouraged or judged. I can honestly be myself around these people, and whether my house has been freshly scrubbed or a broom hasn't come near it for weeks, they are going to love me regardless. We've had make your own pizza nights, loaded baked potato nights, breakfast for dinner, and everything in between. This is our first summer though, so I was so excited to be able to host a backyard BBQ complete with ribs, chicken legs, corn on the cob, and watermelon.
The first word I think of when I think of BBQ ribs and chicken is messy. I don't know about you, but I can't eat ribs without making a huge mess of myself. When I was shopping at Wal-Mart for dinner club I picked up a package of Wet-Nap hand wipes in the Napkin Aisle for easy and quick cleanup. Wet-Nap towelettes work so much better than our usual paper napkin, and they are softer and stronger than ever. We especially loved the way these moisturized with aloe, leaving our hands (and faces) soft and clean. We were reaching for these all night.
My favorite part about Dinner Club isn't the amazing food or the constant refilling of the wine glasses. Its getting to do life with these people. Its setting aside the stresses and burdens of our lives to catch up and laugh together. Its knowing that in good seasons and tough seasons, these people are always going to be in my corner, cheering me on and praying for me. Its allows us room to reconnect even when life is crazy and take turns serving one another. Dinner club is more than just dinner.
Seasons come and go, and as we embrace the out door seating and sticky finger dinners of summer, we know that as Summer turns into fall, we will still gather around tables, sharing our meals and opening our hearts up to one another.
Are you hosting any dinner parties or bar-b-ques this summer? If so, we'd highly recommend picking up some Wet-Nap wipes for easy and fast cleanup. We got them at Wal-Mart because of their everyday low-prices and you can use this coupon for .55 cents off any of the Wet-Naps products.
Cheers to summer, good food and good friends!