We’re back from our honeymoon after 24 hours of travel! I’m popping in to share my thoughts on Gratitude in partnership with Evite and South Asian Blogger Network. I’ll be back this week with honeymoon updates and pictures! xo
My husband grew up in an Italian family and I was raised in an Indian family. There is one big thing that both of these cultures have in common: family dinners.
We both have the same love, appreciation of eating with family. Whether we are gathering around for a home cooked Indian meal at my moms or loading up our plates with take out pizza, it’s the feeling you get when you sit down at the table with your loved ones.
I think this is one of the big reasons we both love Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend a little too much time in the kitchen so that you can spend even more time at the dinner table. It brings family and friends together, from near and far; it’s a day filled with lots of laughs, lots of cheers and lots of gratitude.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about how to extend the gratitude of Thanksgiving year round and I realized that the perfect way to do this would be to host regular family dinners. When my sister first bought her house in Florida I thought we would see each other weekly, if not daily. Unfortunately, life gets in the way. There’s work, errands, cooking, cleaning, shopping and tending to the ins and outs of life that can get in the way of quality family time.
I proposed to Matt that we host a standing once monthly family dinner at our house, where we can prepare a meal, invite our families over and just catch up. This gives us a chance to host, which I love to do, and it creates a tradition for our family to continue.
While calling this monthly event a “family dinner” was a good idea, I got an even better idea while perusing the Evite website: a Gratitude Dinner.
What’s a gratitude dinner? It’s a meal you share with others, friends or family, where you express gratitude. Being grateful isn’t limited to Thanksgiving. Sure, it’s great to go around the table once a year to give thanks, but really, we should be giving thanks daily! Actively thinking about the things you’re grateful for can have lasting and powerful impacts on your mindset and outlook. A gratitude dinner doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be as simple as pizza night with girl friends or a taco night with family. It doesn’t involve baking pies and roasting turkeys (although it certainly can if the mood strikes).
How to Host Your First Gratitude Dinner:
- Make a Guest List: think about the people you want to reconnect with or spend time with. This can be family, friends, and coworkers – anyone who brings joy to your life.
- Create an invitation: Using Evite to create an invitation saves time and keeps your guest list organized. People won’t have to text you for your address or to find out what to bring. You can organize all of the details from the guest list to your menu on Evite.com.
- Prepare your meal: pick something simple. A gratitude dinner isn’t about what you’re eating; it’s more about being together and sharing conversation. If you’re intimidated by preparing a meal for a group, host a potluck and ask everyone to bring their favorite dish to share.
- Create a prompt: You can always use the standard “what are you grateful for today?” or you can create your own unique question to pose to the group:
“What is one non-material thing that you couldn’t live without?”
“What has changed in the last year that you are grateful for?”
“Who do you appreciate?”
If you turn your gratitude dinner into a monthly tradition, you can always asks guests to take turns bringing questions. Pose the question before you start the meal and give each person a chance to answer.
If you’re feeling the need to express gratitude in your life, Evite is offering you 15 free thank you cards! All you have to do is go to Evite and use the code: PGTHANKYOU15
Your turn: do you host weekly/monthly family dinners? What does gratitude mean to you?
This is a sponsored post on behalf of the South Asian Blogger Network as a part of the Evite Influencer Program. All views expressed are my own.