Now don’t get me wrong…my mom is a wonderful cook, but this was always her go-to line if she served a Betty Crocker cake, or anything pre-made. I think there’s something great about putting together a nice meal for friends, even if it isn’t a dish you slaved over the stove to make. With the rapid-paced and sometimes unpredictable lifestyle that accompanies being a young professional, I’m pretty sure I have become quite the expert when it comes to throwing together an enjoyable rendezvous.
Here is a photo from a recent Friday evening, when I literally hadn’t been to a grocery store until 4:30pm, and my guests were arriving at 6!
As you can see, simple and sweet and there certainly was plenty of food for everyone. All I had to do was choose an assortment of gourmet cheeses, a French baguette that just needed to be popped in the oven for 8 minutes, a fig spread, mustard, some almonds and blueberries. We shared a bottle of Framboise and later some red wine.
I have found that the setting is usually more important than the food being served. Create a comfortable and engaging atmosphere, and the conversation will become the focus of the evening, not the food.
The importance of having confidence in organizing an easy and intimate get-together is this: Networking. Building relationships and helping new ones form. Think of two or three people you know, that you feel should know each other in a professional way. Then, invite them over! It doesn’t have to be as complicated as you may have built up in your mind.
Guys… cheese and wine doesn’t sound like a good excuse to bring some of your network together? Stock up on frozen pizzas, but then splurge on some craft beer for everyone to sample. Easy as pie.
So what are you waiting for? Go invite some of your acquaintances over, especially from different groups that you are a part of…and just make it happen!