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The day after a party a gracious guest will follow up with a thank you note or phone call. Do this within 1-2 days so your appreciation does not seem stale. The formula for a thank you looks like this:

Some dinner parties require a more formal protocol. For example, a military dinner will have strict guidelines as to where personnel will sit. If you are hosting a client dinner, you might also prefer a more formal arrangement. Even in a casual setting, you can choose to follow protocol to honor a special guest. The below description is based on a social party (vs. business), a rectangular table, and includes both men and women:

When hosting a dinner party, where you place your guests around the table is a crucial element for the success of your event. You presumably put thought into who you invited to the gathering. Do not stop there. The placement of each person around the table is something that should not be thrown together at the last minute.

I love entertaining friends and family in my home, especially during the holidays. But I must admit, it can be a bit overwhelming hosting a dinner party in the stage of life with little ones running around. The cooperation I receive from my toddlers is a significant factor in how efficient I am on a daily basis. Add in hosting a party, and it can be overwhelming. If you find yourself wanting to gather friends for a festive evening, here are my tried-and-true tips for entertaining with young children:

Planning a party can be fun, but do you know the best way to ensure everything runs smoothly? Have a rehearsal for your party. Yes, you heard correctly. You have spent a great deal of time planning your theme, creating your guestlist, and delivering your invitations. Now is the time to do a mock rehearsal which will allow you to create an action list of outstanding items around your home that might need attention. It also helps solidify any last-minute details.

These thirteen tips will get your through any dinner party. Here is a quick refresher. 

1. Leave The Cocktail Glass Behind:

If you are attending a dinner party, there may be cocktails offered before the meal begins. When the hostess signals it is time to head to the dining room, leave your drink behind. Why? The dining table has been pre-set with the glasses you will need and adding another to your place setting will only clutter the minimal real estate in front of you. Your palate is another reason to leave the cocktail behind. Many hostesses go to great lengths to pare wine with the food being served. Once seated at the table it is time to switch to wine or water.

You just received an invitation to a party, and the attire says: Shabby Chic; Razzle Dazzle; Cowboy Couture. What??? Word to hostesses: when listing the attire on the invitation for a party, make it clear. We do not want our guests to solve a riddle to understand what is expected of them. There is a phrase I like to quote, “To be unclear is to be unkind.”

Table manners are the area in which I receive the most questions, but it is introductions that have people the most baffled. After I explain the correct way to conduct an introduction, I often get that starry-eyed stare that tells me, “I really don’t understand what you just said.” To help all of us, I have broken down the process into a simple format. Before I proceed, let me say this. Do not let a lack of confidence in managing an introduction keep you from DOING an introduction. Even if you are unsure, most people do not care.

When attending a party, there are certain expectations we have of our hostess. We appreciate everything she has done, but we do assume there will be food, drinks, a clean bathroom, and a home that does not smell like the local pet store. What some people forget is there are also expectations of the guest. When a hostess plans a party, a great deal of time is spent deciding who she will invite. What group of friends go well together?

Have you ever seen someone walk into a party looking scared, so unsure of themselves, and then watched them slink off to an obscure corner? Their body language screamed, “I wish I was anywhere but here!”

You are invited!!! There is something special we feel when we receive an invitation. It is the anticipation of a celebration, the excitement of choosing what to wear, but more importantly, it is the affirmation that tells us, “I was chosen!” We know a hostess has responsibilities to ensure her party is a success, but did you know there are expectations of the guests? And your first job begins when you receive an invitation that says RSVP. Follow the six steps below and the hostess will be singing your praises!

  • Lisa Lou

Old Testament Prophecy 7-9

Melchizedek and Jesus: Righteous, Peace, Blessed



WHAT I LEARNED WHEN I READ THE BIBLE

After rescuing his nephew, Lot, Abraham meets Melchizedek, who gives him, bread, wine, and a blessing.


“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.’ Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.” (Gen. 14:18-20 NIV)


We’ve already learned that Melchizedek was either Christ Incarnate, or he was a symbol of what was to come. The key words to pay attention to in Genesis 14 are: Melchizedek; Salem; priest; blessed.

  1. We know the name Melchizedek means righteousness. “First, the name Melchizedek means ‘king of righteousness’;” (Hebrews 7:2 NIV). There are at least 100 verses in the Bible where we learn it is God who is righteous.

  2. The word Salem means peace. Melchizedek was described as the king of “peace,” but we know Jesus comes as the one true Prince of Peace. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NIV).

  3. We learn Melchizedek was a priest. Yet, “Jesus…has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:20 NIV). We know Jesus is the one, true priest that intercedes on our behalf with the Father. “Christ Jesus who died…is at the right hand of God…interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34 NIV).

  4. Melchizedek brought out bread and wine. Yet, at no other time in the Old Testament do we find a priest described as presenting bread and wine. Melchizedek’s displaying of bread and wine points to Jesus using bread and wine to represent his body and blood to those that believe in Him. “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’” (Mark 14:22 NIV).

The connection between Melchizedek and Jesus is one of the many questions I will ask God when I get to heaven. Was Melchizedek Jesus Incarnate, or was his purpose to point us to the coming Messiah? All we need in life is God’s guidance through His Holy Spirit, but guiding us does not mean He reveals everything to us? 😊


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