Conversation Around The Table // Hometowns
Alright friends, time to share about the latest installment of our “Conversation Around The Table” series!
This event series was created to gather people around the table to vulnerably discuss a specific topic. And for this event, we partnered with the ladies over at SheSquad LA! They are a wonderful social community of women from all over LA, that like most groups in this city, have members who moved to LA from all over the country (and world)!
For this reason, we thought a great theme to bring these gals together to discuss would be: hometowns! And let me tell you, it was a blast! We had attendees from all over the country! Various cities and towns in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indianapolis, Massachusetts, California, Illinois, Washington, Texas, and Missouri were all represented. It was amazing seeing different people relate with the each others hometowns and feel connected despite having grown up somewhere completely different.
For our meal we had each gal bring a dish or drink that was from, inspired by, or represented their hometown! It was such a good spread. We had deep dish Chicago style pizza, ranch style beans from Fort Worth Texas, grapes and wine to represent Northern California, flavored popcorn from Indiana, fresh baked scones inspired by the Bellevue Washington county fair, and so much more. It was so wonderful seeing what everyone brought and hearing all the stories behind them!
We also had specific home-themed conversation prompts that guided the evening. We discussed what it was like to live in our hometowns, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your hometown, favorite memories and what home means to each of us. For desert we swapped seats to get to know even more ladies and discussed what it was like adjusting to LA, and what we wish LA had that our hometown has and vice versa! The conversations were flowing all night.
This dinner was a great reminder of how important it is to get together for intentional time with others. To really get to know someone and listen to their story. To share your own stories, remember where you came from and how you’ve grown. To connect with people who grew up differently than you and what you can learn from them. Every person has a story to tell, and I think, if we can just take the time to sit across from them and listen, the world will feel like a much more inviting and connected place to live.