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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

Prophecy Fulfilled - Week 7

Updated: Feb 5, 2021



Did you know God reveals His plan for a Savior as early as Genesis 3? “I’m declaring war between you and the Woman, between your offspring and hers. He’ll wound your head, you’ll wound his heel.” (OTP 1 and 2; Genesis 3:15 MSG/emphasis mine).


The word “you” refers to the serpent in the garden (Satan). “Woman” refers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. How do we know this? God declares there will be war between her offspring and Satan’s offspring. Who are Satan’s offspring? The fallen angels and people who reject God. John the Baptist even referred to the evil men he encountered as a “brood of vipers (serpents).” (Matthew 3:7 NIV).

Who was the specific offspring of woman? Jesus. The verse refers to “her” offspring, or “her” seed (depending on translation). This is significant in pointing to a virgin birth. The Bible always refers to offspring coming from the man, except in this one verse. Sin is passed down from generation to generation, through the seed of man, not woman.

Jesus is God, and Jesus is human, but to become a perfect human sacrifice, He also had to be sinless. This could not happen from the seed of man, since this is how sin is passed. Jesus had to come from the pure seed of woman, otherwise Christ would not be sinless. A virgin birth had to occur if He were to become the perfect sacrifice, perfect substitute, to pay the penalty of our sin at His death.

“You (Satan) will wound his heel.” Satan wounded Christ at the cross. “He (Jesus) will wound your head.” Christ crushed Satan’s head upon His death and resurrection, claiming ultimate victory over evil. God provided us a way back to Him, by way of the cross, but it is up to us to accept His gift of salvation.

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10 NIV).


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV).


God provided the way, but we must take the steps to accept His gift. No one can take away our sin. No one can bestow the gift of salvation on us. WE must believe in our hearts; WE must declare with our mouths that Jesus is Lord.


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