Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday's Tip

My mother is an excellent entertainer. She has hosted countless dinners, bridge nights, parties, debutante teas, baby showers, welcome to town luncheons, Christmas dinners, and family gatherings. She is also an excellent cook. Today my father's family will join us for an after-Christmas lunch. I know that Mama is about to entertain because her trusty book is out on the counter. Mama is so smart in that she has a hardback book that holds all of her menus from any time she has entertained. It also holds the names of those present. It is a wonderful treat to look back and see what she has served on different occasions. Another benefit of this book is that it helps Mama keep her menus varied so that she does not serve the same beef tenderloin or shrimp and grits to the same people every time they come over.

I just loved this idea and began a book when DH and I married. I admit I haven't been as diligent at writing in it, but I have enjoyed looking back to see what dinners I delivered when new babies were born or there was a death in the family. I have also tried to slide the invitation and pictures from the event in the book. When we were first married, we had friends over all of the time for dinner or game night. It is highly entertaining to look back and see what we fed our friends and who we entertained at our newlywed table. Now that we are in a new town, I am going to try to be more consistent at writing in my book. After all, I don't want to feed W & D the same Greek shrimp or give L & W the same steaks we had the last time we had them to our house.

I recommend being just like my Mama and starting your own book of menus in 2010! You'll be glad you did.

6 comments:

Imjustagirl said...

Thats sounds like a great idea!!

Suburban Princess said...

I used to do this too! I should get back to it - once I had my son a number of things fell by the wayside!

Black Labs and Lilly said...

What a wonderful idea!! I like the idea of saving an invitation or photo from the event to be included in the book!

bevysblog said...

Wonderful idea! I need to buy one of those TODAY. But, I would love to see some pictures of yours so that I have a good idea how to organize it.

Please, sweet friend, help me out!

Raining Pearls said...

Love this idea. I just had a few parties so I think I can start with my first Christmas in my new home. Thanks for another great tip!

carolinagirl said...

Wow! What a neat idea! If I can ever wrap my head around inviting people over again, I shall start this tradition!