We met in the parking lot of the movie theater, bought our tickets, and settled into our plush seats. We'd been looking forward to hanging out with these friends, and going out to a new movie seemed just the thing to do. They joined us in the theater, we briefly exchanged greetings and conversation, but we quieted down once the previews started so that we wouldn't be too rude.
We sat in close proximity to each other for more than two hours, but once the movie was over, we couldn't shake the feeling that we'd barely interacted.
Once Andrew and I started establishing a house together, we found ourselves more reluctant to hang out with our friends in the same way we had through college. Not only did staying up late start to lose its luster (getting up at 5:30am for work tends to do that!), but the money we were spending just to find a communal space like a restaurant or theater seemed ridiculous when we had a home of our own that we're willing to share.
Hospitality is huge for Andrew and me. We love opening up our home to friends and family and creating a space where they can feel heard, loved, and well-fed. So naturally, once our Cityhouse was able, we started hosting dinners and get-togethers. We purposely don't have the Internet (as you saw) or a television, but we've never felt that our gatherings were lacking in entertainment. In fact, our interactions have been beautifully present, intentional, and rich...and no one had to leave a tip a the end of the night!
So! With that said, here's our top 8 ways that we enjoy entertaining guests that are low-cost, unplugged, and really fun.
We are a husband and wife who are trying to live simply. We are learning much as we transition from life in the city to life in the country. Come along with us, and maybe you can also learn a thing or two as well.
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