One of my goals for 2019 was to host a dinner at my house each month. I had done a lot of travel in the past few years but felt disconnected locally. The idea behind hosting dinners was to strengthen local relationships, plus to help connect other sets of friends. By bringing people together, I wanted to have a bigger part in my community.

Over the course of the year, I hosted seven events at my house. While this is below the target of twelve, I’m still happy with the result. The dinners worked as intended, so I’d like to continue with the project.

While I made an effort each month, sometimes it didn’t pan out. Dinners are actually a lot harder to coordinate than I anticipated! Here are some learnings from the first iteration: