Do you feel a little desperate for a girls’ night out sometimes? Me, too. Sometimes I casually tell my girlfriends that I’d love a night out, but inside I know Something’s Gotta Give. It’s natural to crave friendship: sitting around a table together eating and chatting recharges our batteries.

That’s how the email began, the email that I sent to twenty-something ladies earlier this month in an attempt to start a monthly Sunday night supper club, an idea that had gently brewed for a couple of months but gathered steam while reading about Shauna Niequist’s monthly Cooking Club in Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table.

“Friendship is acting out God’s love for people in tangible ways.”

I sprinkled quotes from Bread & Wine throughout the email and outlined a plan for incorporating monthly themes like:

  • book club/what’s on your nightstand
  • writing cards of encouragement
  • arts & crafts (teach us something or let’s create together)
  • what’s your dream?
  • share your story
  • favorite things party

I didn’t know how many ladies would come, but I couldn’t let myself worry about that. (It’s easy to waste time worrying about numbers, isn’t it?)

Ultimately, I trusted that the ladies who needed to be there would come.

Four of us sat down for over three hours and ate and talked and laughed and It. Was. Wonderful. I asked everyone to share the book or blog or magazine they’re currently reading (you’ll never guess what I chose), but we talked so much about life in general that we completely forgot.

“People aren’t longing to be impressed;
they’re longing to feel like they’re home.”

Shauna imagines that we’ll read Bread and Wine as a book and later bring it into the kitchen as a cookbook (most chapters contain a recipe at the end) and that was my plan. Until the toffee. Now that I’ve made Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Toffee my life will never be the same. I’ll just spread it thinner and give the chocolate more time to set before we attack it next time.

Bread & Wine makes me think more deeply about hospitality, friendship, support, shared experience, and moments lived around a table. I don’t know what will become of our supper club—if it was a one time event or if others will want to host—but I know that I can’t do without my girlfriends and sweet moments shared are worth taking the time to plan and savor.

Join us on the Bloom book club page at (in)courage for Bread and Wine. We just started and the conversation continues until the end of July.

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{In the spirit of Bread & Wine, here are two recipes that I made for our supper club: Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Garlic Herb Pasta.}

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