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Table for Ten Dinner Party
Table for Ten Dinner Party

It all started with the movie Julie and Julia. Marissa turned to me and asked if she could cook dinner and have all her friends over for a dinner party. We picked our menu and sent out an email invitation to all her friends that she has made over the years. Some are from special Olympics, some from school and social groups. The first 10 to R.S.V.P have a spot at the table. No parents are allowed. This is a chance for Marissa and her friends to socialize in a casual and informal setting. All they have to bring is drinks to serve four people and Marissa and I do the rest! Marissa loves to help cook but really does her best setting the table and decorating the house. It has turned out to be a monthly event full of great food, friendship and fun. We always try to include a dessert that all her friends can participate in making. Fruit smoothies and Ice cream sundaes are always popular. We have been hosting dinner parties for over a year now and the friendship and bond that the young adults have formed has been amazing and such a true joy to watch grow and develop. Often at the dinner table they will share hopes and dreams, struggles they have had and kind words are always offered as support. True bonds are formed. Whenever Marissa and I run into her friends they always ask when the next party will be and whats for dinner? Maybe your son or daughter would like to start a Dinner Club too. It is really easy and the rewards are well worth the effort!

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Renita Nunley-Ruiz, United States, OH
10/2/2011 11:31:08 AM
What a wonderful idea! My daughter Isabel is 5 years old and I\'ve often wondered how to network.. this would be a wonderful idea to share with friends and new friends! Thank you!

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