Entertaining Seasons + Homemade Whipped Cream Dispenser

One of my college roommates was in town over the holidays so we had her and her husband over for dinner.  As I prepared our meal (I made ribs for the first time!) it reminded me that I had not hosted any sort of small dinner party in a long time.  The last few years have been filled with plenty of parties but rarely small get togethers. 

There was something about preparation for a small intimate meal that I missed.  I had gotten so used to mass entertaining that I had forgotten about the process of a more thought out meal.

Every season is different when it comes to relationships.  Right now we are really blessed to have a larger amount of friends than we have had in awhile.  Whereas a few years ago we had just a handful of closer friends that surrounded around more intimate conversation.  There are pros and cons about each.  I think sometimes we miss the closeness of a few "couple friends" but I do not want to let that nostalgia keep me from the blessing of getting to know a lot of new friends.

We are in a transition period with going to a new church and being at the time of life where our friends are now married and have kids.  Those life changes and time seem to weed out who is available and willing to spend time with us.  It is not personal but rather finding mutual friends that fit the lifestyle we follow.

So I want to leave you today with encouragement that sometimes when we are in one relationship or entertaining phase it is easy to wish for the other.  But it is a season.  So whether you have two friends or twenty, do not let that stop you from having people in your home and loving on them with your hospitality.  Both are great blessings to you and those who get to receive it.


On another note, we got this cool homemade whipped cream dispenser from William Sonoma for Christmas.  We have been on a homemade whipped cream kick, so getting the dispenser has been very fun and entertaining for us.  Being able to add flavors and the simple fact of it being fresh and natural has created a new kitchen staple for our house.  Brent will now show you how it works:

Fill with flavored heavy cream mixture (I like this whipped cream recipe):

Twist on cap:

Insert cream charger (we found a good deal on some online):

Screw charger on with cap:

After you hear the fizz sound of the release, replace with whipped cream tip:

Shake it up:

And squirt it out!!!

It's quite a hit and can technically be considered as your entertainment for the night as you can see!

// What entertaining/friendship season are you in right now?


  1. Right now we have very few close friends. Like you, we're in the place of life where most of our friends are having babies and just don't have the time to visit like they used to. I have a desire to open my home and have friends over, but I just need to find the friends. But I try to be thankful for the time that my husband and I get to spend together with just the two of us.

  2. You are on the right track Laura! It is so easy to wish what we don't have but instead, how much better to embrace that season we are in now!

  3. I love the third picture of Brent! fun AND funny!

  4. We are totally in the same place! Our lives have become full to the brim with friends lately, which is such a welcome change from a few years back, when I guess we were more hermit-like. We're so lucky to have so much friends now but there are definitely new challenges with having so many friends, it does lose a little bit of the intimacy. Plus we are starting to have friends who are expecting children too so the dynamics do change a bit when it comes to making last minute plans or going out for drinks. But anyhoot, glad you are guys are having fun with the whipped cream! That's exactly how starbucks makes theirs (with like 10 pumps of their vanilla syrup) so I remember the good old days of shaking up some whipped cream.

  5. Oooh! We haven't tried any flavors yet! But we do have some Torani vanilla! Will be adding 10 pumps to our next batch!

  6. I agree! we are in the same season. (getting) married and just hang out right now with a few close friends. Most of our other friends have kids so we don't see them that much.


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