December 9 – Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.
Pick just one? Hmmm, that’s a challenge.
Somewhere along the line in 2009, I decided that I wanted to host a potluck for all of the friends I had made in my accelerated, second-degree nursing program. I love entertaining because it combines several of my favorite things: cooking, good food, and wonderful company. I can always block out the stress of actually having to plan for gatherings because I know everyone is bound to have a good time. Our group, it goes without saying, has instant chemistry despite our diversity. I am a native Philadelphian, but most of my nursing friends are from all over the country and as far away as Alaska. We are a mix of ages and backgrounds, having all gone to college for something other than nursing in the past. Before I knew it, I had a popular event on my hand with requests for repeats.
Since then, I have hosted two more potluck dinners and they are always the highlight of any season for me. I am continually impressed by the dishes that my friends prepare – they put such thought and effort into their selections! We have had risottos, homemade sushi, vegan cupcakes, hearty salads, traditional family recipes, and creative concoctions thought up in the spur of the moment.Sometimes we talk about nursing and laugh about funny situations we’ve found ourselves in at the hospital but, more often, we learn about who each person is outside of school. People bring their significant others and the circle opens a bit to include a few more. We play games like Apples to Apples or Catch Phrase that usually end up causing silly arguments that dissolve into giggles. At the end of the night, everyone goes home warm and full and happy, sustained for another few months before we do it all again.
Next time? I’m thinking brunch! Who doesn’t love a mimosa?