week marks the time of year where we spend more time being hosts and guests. Whether you're traveling to your childhood home (how lucky are you?), welcoming your son home from college, hoping a flight across the country, or hosting dinner for 20, this time of year helps define how we host. To me, being the ultimate host is making my guests feel comfortable and welcome in my home. This is true luxury-to give comfort, not things. A warm blanket, or a fresh bar of soap isn't expensive, but so welcome to weary travelers. My clients tell me time and time again, that they want their weddings to feel as though they're opening their doors for the best dinner party of their lives. How better do we do this than through food? So many cultures embrace food as the vehicle to show love, appreciation, bounty, history... everything. You may make a traditional meal, volunteer at the homeless shelter, or grill your favorite cut of meat. But whatever you do that makes your holiday season meaningful, it's this act of bringing family and friends together at the table that is the perfect showcase of luxury. Maybe it is setting the perfect table on the family china that makes it feel special to you because that was the tradition in your family (like it was mine), but maybe it's just having enough wine, or making that one special dish because your mother made it, and her mother before her. Cooking together, sharing family recipes, and the act of passing the dishes around the table says more about you than the way it looks. Whatever it is that you do, it's making your guests feel right a home that makes you the perfect host. Nothing more.
little moment happened like that for our family last night-we got home late from various appointments, everyone starving. For once, I had planned a meal in advance, and while we waited for our chicken to cook in the oven, I seared some bread Seth had brought home from the Publican, and made a little snack while we waited. As I layered the cheese, tomatoes and basil on the bread seared in the oil, I took pride in providing fresh, simple ingredients to provide a hearty snack for my family. And, as they ran down the stairs, shoving the food in their hungry mouths, I knew that they could want for no more in that moment, and I was, in effect, giving them everything they needed. And in that, there is nothing more luxurious.