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Dare to invite the new neighbor

January 25, 2013


by Sandy Coughlin

The Reluctant Entertainer
Medford blogger, author, entertainer

My heart breaks when I hear or read stories of women who move in to neighborhoods and never really get to know their neighbors.

A few years ago, my daughter and I hosted a luncheon for our neighbors. Many I did not know, so it took courage for me to reach out and invite.

We went from door to door delivering our invitations, and almost all of the ladies were able to come.

Wanting to break the ice a bit, I had a few conversation starters in mind, not only for me to get to know these ladies, but for others to get to know each other as well.

Easy luncheon questions to ask your guests:

1. Where were you born?
2. How many years have you lived in your current home?
3. Tell us the history behind the home you are living in?

Each lady got to share something about herself, and her history of what brought her to the neighborhood, which in the long run was what we all had in common!

And it gave me a new appreciation for each person there.

I also attribute the good turn out to the face-to-face invitation that we made to each guest.

Because I know you’re all wondering what I served – I remember it was super easy, but I don’t recall exactly what was on the menu. So, for today, if I were planning the same luncheon, here’s what would be on my menu.

The luncheon menu:

Each guest brings a surprise salad.
I’d serve a delicious pot of soup.
Fresh bread with a special butter.
This light and lovely dessert.

How to serve the food:

Following these easy buffet tips, I set the food up on the kitchen counter. My table was already set with the glassware, silverware,napkins, etc.

I’d say never plan on a “perfect” party, because there’s always something that will go wrong, but do plan on an “intentional” time getting to know your neighbors, who may some day end up being some of your best friends!

Have you thought about reaching out to your neighbors and inviting them to a meal?

Are you lonely in your neighborhood?

  
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