I posted this on Face Book last week but find it so true, so inspirational, so "I know, right?" That I need to put it here also.
COOKING AND DINING WITH FRIENDS
“I think the best kind of dinner party is when everyone – hosts and guests – has a child-like anticipation of the evening to come.
A dinner with friends should be a delight, not a drag, and everyone should be ready to graciously pamper one another and be pampered in return… I think that the best way for me to conceptualize a grown-up dinner party is to recapture the feelings that my maman created for me during my boyhood dinners. First of all, I want to give my friends the pleasure of being someplace that is warm and inviting and full of the promise of good food to come. Second, I remember how much I liked to help at dinner so I let my friends participate (if they like) in every detail of the dinner.”
Robert Arbor: JOIE DE VIRVE, SIMPLE FRENCH STYLE FOR EVERYDAY LIVING