Recently I met a lady in my homeschool group. We talked for less than 30 minutes, but had mutual friends and interests and enjoyed each other’s company. Less than two weeks later I received an email invitation to her house for an end-of-the-school-year homeschool moms’ get-together. Admittedly, I was impressed: this lady understands how to pursue friendship.
Although I didn’t know many of the other ladies included in the invitation, I decided to go—to get out and meet new people. I spent most of the evening talking to one of our hostess’s neighbors, who didn’t know anyone else there. We’d never met (and may never again), but I enjoyed our conversation and the evening in general.
Some are natural hostesses like my new friend, who gathered close to twenty ladies at her home that evening; others panic at the thought of entertaining. But whether social butterflies or introverts, we’re all wired with the need to connect.
Let’s talk about creative ways to get-together with other ladies and actively pursue friendship!
Recipe Dinner Party
Invite a few friends to your house for dinner. Ask them to bring a favorite dish and enough copies of the recipe to share with each guest. Break out your seldom-used china; get fresh menu ideas; enjoy adult company and conversation.
Get together with a few friends at a book store with comfy chairs and hot beverages. Everyone brings a favorite book and shares why they like it: a grown-up version of the school book report. If one appeals to you, borrow it or purchase it off the shelf. You can also do this at a home or coffee shop, minus the easy shopping.
Book recommendations, girl time, warm mugs—what’s not to like?
Curriculum Review Night
This one’s for homeschool moms, who are always searching for good resources for the kids or for mom enrichment/encouragement. Bring a few of your best recommendations and lay them out to share. Browse each other’s picks; ask questions; take notes; find treasures.
Ladies’ Night Out
I’ll move mountains to attend a Ladies’ Night Out, or LNO. Sometimes they’re planned in advance; others are the result of a rough week—a last-minute plea for some girl time. They can be hosted in a home or held at a restaurant.
Although an LNO needs no theme, here are a couple of good ones:
- Chocolate (yes, I hosted a chocolate-themed LNO)
- Prayer mug exchange (bring a wrapped mug with your name written on a piece of paper inside of it; take home another wrapped mug; pray for the giver of the mug you chose whenever you use it)
How many of you attended an (in)RL event? Show of hands! Did you talk about getting together again soon? Have you?
Use these ideas as a springboard for future get-togethers and feel free to leave your own ideas in the comments!