A few times a year, I love to invite the boys’ friends over for a fun gathering. There is no special reason for this gathering except to enjoy each others company and make my children and their friends aware that our home is welcoming, safe environment and we are glad to have them be a part of it. We call these parties friend fellowship.
Each boy is given the opportunity to invite five friends. Before they create their invitations, the boys and I sit down and pick a food theme and day and time to have the get together. This year we have decided that Fridays after school tend to be the best day. The boys have a half day of school and get out at 12 pm. Our house is close enough to school that the whole group can walk to our home together. Then they can have lunch and some fun as well!
Our most recent themed gathering was a nacho bar. Yummy! This is what we decided to include:
- Nacho Cheese Sauce
- Black Olives
- Sour Cream
- Green Onion
- Sliced Jalapeños (these are Joey’s favorite)
For beverages, we offered homemade apple juice and water.
Dessert consisted of small fruit cups topped with a little whipped cream.
We started prepping the night before and by “we” I do mean the boys and I. If they are having friends over then I strongly feel they need to participate in the preparations and clean up.
When we decided to have a nacho bar we discussed making our own homemade cheese sauce. Now this is something I have never done, but I’m an adventurous kind of gal, so I researched recipes and decided to try this one.
The night before the party they helped to run the apple pieces through the juicer, scoop the cut up fruit into the small cups and slice the cheese into cubes. The last part of the preparation they helped with was setting out the paper plates, napkins, plastic cups, and plastic forks.
In the morning while the boys were at school, I finished cutting and then decantered all of the condiments for the nachos. I also placed the ingredients in the crock pot for the cheese sauce.
The boys arrived home from school with their friends and were very gracious hosts.
Everyone seemed to love the nachos and really enjoyed themselves. After the boys ate, they went outside and played handball, came in and had dessert, and then it was time to go home.
After their friends left, the boys helped clean up without being asked and expressed how grateful they were to share their home and their time with their friends.
I love having people in my home and showering them with hospitality, especially the boys’ friends. Can’t wait for our next get together!
Do you enjoy having people over? How do you encourage your children to become generous hosts?