Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oh, Cabana Boy!

It's that time of year for pool parties and at Mama Henley's house, we love to have friends come over to swim. I encourage friends to come even if we're not here! It's so hot here that believe me, you WANT to spend some time in a cool pool. Today we are having friends from school over for a swim. Since everyone's schedules vary in the summer, it's hard to know how many people to expect. Therefore, I bought popsicles and water to serve. Those are two things that I know our family will use this summer if they are not all consumed this afternoon. If the 24 popsicles are not enough, then I will dig deep in the freezer and pull out popsicles that we bought previously. With such a simple menu, it will definitely be a crowd pleaser. And, if there is no crowd to please, we'll enjoy them on other hot days! It's easy to entertain when you make it simple. It also makes people feel welcome if they realize that you have not killed yourself but that you truly delight in having them over to play. In fact, go a little crazy and leave out some dishes or other things that you don't have a chance to put away. It's amazing how little things like that go a long way towards making someone feel welcome. Hospitality is always better than entertaining for hospitality ministers to the person and gives glory to God, while entertaining gives glory to oneself. Do you agree or disagree?

7 comments:

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Lucky lady, and lucky children - I'd love to own a pool right now...I'd be in it!!

The Niemeyer Nest said...

I totally agree and have changed my feelings since becoming a mom! I love to host playdates but do not like the cleaning so I leave my house as is and clean after the moms and babies leave. Much easier! I still struggle with keeping the food simple but have gotten so much better!

Beth Dunn said...

Totally agree! I'm doing a pool party tomorrow--to bad I already promised food lol
xoxo
SC

mFw said...

You are so thoughtful! I love Popsicles and they are the perfect summer treat!

bevy said...

What child doesn't love a popsicle???

Oh, Aundrea and I were laughing today at the pool about your rat extravaganza!!! We both love you!

Leelee said...

Letting go of the notion that the house had to be perfect before anyone could come over was the biggest milestone I hurdled as a mom...now I keep pizza wedges in the freezer, brownie mix and plenty of bags of snack size chips in the pantry...I love to say yes when the kids ask if friends can come by to swim or watch a movie with ten minutes notice...

Brie said...

I completely agree!