Summer Entertaining Should Focus on Relationships

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30 days of Summer EntertainingWhen Perfect Robs You of Something Good
by Sandy Coughlin
The Reluctant Entertainer

[Excerpted from “30 Days of Summer Entertaining” series.]

Let’s just say that your excuse to not entertain has been that your house is too small.

But now that it’s summer, the outdoors provides the perfect space, right?


Possibly it’s not quite perfect enough for you, though. You don’t have money to buy the “nice” furniture from Pottery Barn, a brand new BBQ, patio decorations, or you don’t have anything to entertain the kids … so you settle for the smaller family barbeques because, hey! They won’t care, they are just family.

You let the imperfect stop you from having the people over that you really want to forge stronger relationships with. You know you should invite them, but you just can’t do it.

Perfect robs way too many of the good. The good in this case is that you put your pride aside, you come up with a plan that will work for company, you delegate portions of the meal if money is a problem, you borrow tables and chairs if that is a problem or spread a blanket on the ground, you spend 1/2 day cleaning the area that you want to spruce up.

You have to make an effort to overcome perfect.

Or it will steal something very good from you.

If you have a family, did you know that you are robbing your kids of beautiful memories and fun times, PLUS the joy of hospitable living, if you never have people over?

What’s your struggle with perfect?