Joanna(12) and her friend, Christy, had been dreaming of hostessing a formal dinner for a long time. They made aprons and little lacey white caps like they had seen the maids wear in movies.
They planned a menu... and then the day came. We had Christy's family over for dinner on Christmas Eve, and the two girls were completely in charge and served us about seven courses of food.
The girls cooked and baked from 6 am till about 6 pm and then served till after 8 pm and found out how exhausting such fun dinners can be. We were at the table for several hours, but everyone agreed - it was one of the best meals they had ever had! : )
And, amazingly, Joanna and Christy say they want to do it again sometime. No one minds them sharpening their culinary skills, so I bet we'll have another formal dinner sometime in the future!