By Linda Larsen
I find it helpful to make one or two dishes that are very plain, like a simple green salad with a choice of dressings, plain dinner rolls, or some roasted vegetables. That way someone always has something to eat.
It's always a good idea, whenever inviting anyone to your home for a meal, to ask if there are any food allergies, special likes or dislikes, or foods someone can't or won't eat. Make a note of these so you remember next time.
And if someone doesn't like the food, it's their responsibility to keep it quiet. You have worked hard, opening up your home and heart to others. So don't take it too hard if the meal is criticized. This can, after all, be a learning opportunity for kids - on how to not behave at a dinner party!