Every weekend I attempt to relax and have visions of doing absolutely nothing. That almost never happens (as in, I think it's happened once) especially this time of year. But, I don't mind it one bit. What usually happens is that I wake up with a recipe that I want to make, a craving that must see it's way into the kitchen, a project that will take all day or glassware that needs to come to breakfast. Or, like this weekend I was on the run! I had guests in town, birthdays to celebrate, baking dates, a holiday party and brunch with friends.
I think my most favorite quality of a busy weekend is still working spontaneity somewhere in there. I had guests Friday night that arrived from LA late night and they were leaving Saturday early afternoon, which is exactly when I was meeting friends to bake all day for a holiday party. No matter how busy life gets or how crazy I might feel, my sanity comes from savoring each moment, opening up my home and making it picture worthy in my mind.
Breakfast Saturday morning was simple: pour over coffee, scrambled eggs, tortillas and a pear tart made the day before for six people. I served it in my favorite white porcelain bakers form sur la table, ate off some vintage pink glass plates and drank coffee in my favorite danish everyday mugs. We began breakfast with three of us as I was texting a friend and told her to come over. She came soon after along with two more and we were six. We finished one round of eggs and made more. At some point I snuck off to the kitchen and wanted to prepare a treat for the second half of the day: bloody mary's (recipe tomorrow). We finished breakfast, made more coffee and talked until the afternoon. The morning was simple and perfect for such a busy weekend. Even though I walked right out the door with my guests (bloody mary's in hand) and didn't return until much later that night, I never felt rushed. Having guests or company should never feel pressured, uptight or complicated. No one's judging and no huge production necessary. A community is built on the idea that doors are always open. Invite someone over without a plan.