Last night we had friends over for dinner and a few board games. It was a lovely evening with too much food, lots of laughter and good natured threats of "death to you all" as people lost games.
Prior to everyone arriving I had my normal pre-entertaining panic that we wouldn't have enough food. Luckily S is quite brilliant at talking me off the ledge and of course we had heaps - we will be eating the leftovers for a week despite the fact that many people had seconds and thirds and the evening went really quite late.
The whole thing reminded me why my dream house will include a dining table to seat at least 12. In our tiny townhouse we can crowd 6 people around our table, and I mean crowd. With 6 people it is elbows tucked in and barely space for the salt and pepper shakers. As a result when we entertain it tends to be fork food, the kind of thing that people can eat sitting on the floor or the couch because if we have more than 4 guests that is what happens.
My dream is a huge table that I can fill with delicious food and surround with our lovely friends - and of course by necessity the gourmet kitchen that will allow me to cook like that will have to go with it. It will have to have really comfy seats, the kind that lend themselves to long evenings of banter and debate. And we will eat and laugh and the house will be filled with the warmth of good company and friendship.
For now I settle with making my friends sit on the floor, but one day, hopefully not too far away, I will have that table and a house to fit it in.
What features do you want in your dream house? Is it a pool, a grand fireplace or just a giant table like me?