For Balazs and I, summer nights are all about meeting friends for dinners, going over to them for a pizza night or inviting people for a balcony wine evening. It often happens that friends-of-friends will join, which is great since the more the merrier but the introduction small-talk can get pretty awkward, am I right?
Well, till now my usual way of introducing people was simply by saying: 'Annie, meet Joe. Joe, meet Annie' - after which I conveniently excused myself and rushed back to the kitchen to get everything ready. But Cambria just shared her little introduction secret that I can’t wait to try out this Friday. It’s simply about following your introduction with a positive, interesting tidbit about that person.
Here is how it works:
Instead of just saying "Annie, meet Joe. Joe, Annie" and then leaving it up to them to get a conversation going, give your two guests a little more to go on. For example, "Annie, meet Joe. Joe, this is Annie. [Look at Joe] Annie is an art teacher, and an amazing runner. She actually just ran a marathon! [Look at Annie] Joe's a killer bluegrass banjo player and brews his own beer. We're going to be drinking some tonight, right, Joe?"
Simple, genius and nifty, isn't it? Hope you try it, I bet your friends will love you even more for it. On a side-note: my all time favourite awkward introduction - giggle!
P.S: 12 dinners, 12 cities, 1 year, and the wine debate.
P.P.S: When do you serve coffee and tea?
(Tip via the kitchn. Photos by/via Kristin Teig, Anna Wolf, Chris Ford and A Daily Something)