The Rules

During our first meeting over 18 years ago, we set some ground rules. Since all of us were moms of at least 2 kids, this had to be considered fairly easy or we would never have begun this adventure! And, most importantly, none of us were trained chefs, we are all just moms who learned to cook from our mothers or were self taught.

So, here are the rules we agreed on at that first meeting:

  1. Each couple hosts one time per year at their house, this means we get together 4 times each year.
  2. The 4 dates are set at the beginning of the year. All 8 of us try extra hard to not change a date (it’s amazing how challenging it is to get 4 dates that work for all of us).
  3. The hostess is responsible for the theme, the invitations (see #6), and most of the cooking.
  4. Generally, the hostess assigns the other 3 couples the salad, a side dish and dessert. But this can vary, sometimes one of the couples brings an appetizer. There is no hard and fast rule as to what everyone brings.
  5. The recipes don’t have to be tried beforehand (we are all busy moms). If a dish doesn’t turn out, we order pizza! (We’ve NEVER had to order pizza. Some recipes maybe weren’t exactly as we wished, but we’ve always had PLENTY of food!)
  6. The hostess always delivers an invitation at least a week ahead of the date. This is an IMPORTANT part of the success of our group. The invitation sets the tone and tells each couple what they are to bring. Now, all of our friends look forward to seeing the creative invitations we get for each party. Remember, you only have to make 3 invitations.


  1. alex | 31st Mar 15

    You should have a pick and bio of each couple!

    • | 1st Apr 15

      Working on that!

  2. Donna Barnecut | 6th Apr 15

    OMG….. LOVE THIS!!!!! Congrats Ladies and am proud to know each of you, but are you all taking turns to come over and service my cutting boards? I will provide plenty of cookies
    Much love to all of you,

    • Jurga | 10th Apr 15

      You’re on! LOVE those cookies!

  3. Bernie Dezenski | 7th Jan 16

    I love this concept – SO much fun!! What a great group 🙂

    • Anna | 7th Jan 16

      Hi Bernie! We are very blessed to have such a Gr8 Group! I checked out your blog and it looks amazing…thanks for visiting!

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