We don't go out for dinner with friends very often. While it is fun, we generally don't derive great value from eating out and trying new restaurants or dishes. Also, it can be expensive (especially if you include baby-care). What we love the most is spending time with our friends. So we decided to to invite people over regularly for meals. I love to cook and we both love to host so this was our win-win solution. We started this tradition soon after Jack was born and usually entertain people at least once a week.
Because it is so frequent, we wanted to document our evenings. We came up with two fun ways to do so:
1) Jeff made a Foursquare foodtruck location called Mama Novich's Homestyle Cooking. He takes pictures and posts them and asks any friends who use Foursquare to 'check-in' and leave a tip or review. "Very playful vibe! Had a live toddler" --Thin.
2) About a year and half ago, we started a guest book. Before our guests leave, we take a picture with our Instamax Camera, tape it to a page, and ask them to sign it (see pic above). We now have over 50 entries and it is so fun flipping through, seeing the pictures and reading what people wrote. We also love how there is only one copy of each photo, making our book unusually analog and unique.
Do you keep track of guests? If so, how do you do it?
My son is absolutely obsessed with taking baths. Why? Because I give him "paint" to play with - his word for water + food coloring - in assorted bottles and cups. He loves mixing the 'paint', which is great for teaching him how colors blend to create new hues. We also play a game where I sign a color (reinforcing his sign language skills) and he adds it to a container, delighted by what he may have created. Don't worry, it won't dye your kid a color :). Have fun!
If your child is even remotely interested in train tables, I highly recommend getting one for the house. My son is obsessed and has been since he was about 2 years old. Last week, while casing the clearance section at our local Home Goods, I found one for $22 (I know, I know). I decided to forgo some valuable square footage in my son's small NYC room and buy it. BEST IDEA EVER. He literally plays with it non-stop and it is a hit when any of his friends come over. I actually like to play with it too and have enjoyed purchasing interesting accessories to enhance the table. #parentingwin
Keywords: Home Goods, trains, clearance