I’ve just finalized a plan with the apartment manager to host Monday Morning Brunch every week in July. It will be at 10am, and I’ll probably spend about $20 for food supplies each time. I’ll leave a jar out for tips/donations, but won’t actually ask for any money from anyone who shows up. If folks come and have no money to spend, I’ll be just as happy to host them. I don’t doubt though, that probably some will feel glad to give a dollar or two, or maybe more. In my experience people are usually generous if they can be.
I’ll serve a simple menu of inexpensive things that can feed a crowd. I’ll have a variety of offerings so folks of different dietary needs won’t feel excluded. I think I’ll offer scrambled eggs, toast with jam and butter, oatmeal with nuts and raisins, bananas and peanut butter, coffee and juice, and muffins or some other kind of home baked treat. I may offer different things on different weeks depending on my mood and my finances.
I’ll be sure to have a newspaper available for folks to browse, as well as maybe a cartoon video for kids to watch. I want this to feel like a big family gathering where people can gently wake up and socialize and get excited about starting a fun summer week.
Denise (the apartment manager) will put a notice in the monthly newsletter to residents. Maybe we should put out a sign/flyer by the pool as well? I’d really like to attract at least 10-15 residents, including kids. 20-30 would be even better. If I get more than 30 people I’m sure they could still get fed, but they would not have quite as much choice as the first attendees. They might have to make do with just oatmeal and coffee. (Which is no bad breakfast, at that.)
Besides brunches, I hope eventually to host cookouts, group dinners, and cooking classes. I hope to do some of these things even this month without much advertising. I’m getting to know more neighbors every week, and the more I know the happier I feel in my new home. This place is really wonderful. 11 months ago