Six years ago, our friends, all of us college sophomore girls at Indiana University-Bloomington, started having dinner together every Thursday night. It was a day we naturally banded together anyway to watch NBC's all-star lineup of Friends, ER, and Will and Grace. Dates weren't invited and each guest was asked to bring an ingredient for the chosen recipe of the week (someone was always assigned wine). As four hours of idle TV watching was far too much for this group of girls, we introduced a craft project into the mix. The theme of each dinner reflected the type of week we were having: Personal Pita Pizzas and Fantastic Fabric Belts for a lazy Thursday or Yiayia's Quick Bean Soup and a Beginner's Scarf for a cozy winter Thursday.
Thursdays have long-served as a dependable girls' night in our otherwise undependable schedules, giving us a chance to reconnect with each other on a weekly basis. Daily stresses and successes, graduate school acceptances and rejections, new relationships and breakups—we've hashed it all out at Thursday night dinner. Through this, we have become closer and introduced new friends into the mix. In an era where Facebook and text messaging serve as the main mode of communication, Thursday night dinners have kept us grounded and offered us a space for making genuine girl-time connections.
We get that you are busy doing a million things at once and that none of us has the kind of money or time to host people at our houses or apartments without some help. With Thursday night dinners, everyone pitches in and takes turns—from choosing the recipe and craft, to paying for ingredients to hosting. The recipes and crafts in this site are a collection of the those we have come up with over the years, as well as contributions from the most important ladies in our lives—our friends, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers. Our recipes are intended to be as quick, easy and inexpensive as possible (with some more labor intensive meals and crafts for special Thursdays). None of them will include an ingredient whose name needs to be Googled or will require fancy kitchen equipment. Our crafts won't break anyone's wallet or be so challenging you give up before you've even started. We aren't expert cooks or crafters, and we don't expect you to be either. We do guarantee that our food is always tasty, our crafts are always cute, and we're always having a good time.
So, dive in! Pick a tasty recipe you think your friends will love and a craft you want to try, and invite your girlfriends to your place this Thursday. We think there's nothing more infectious than food, crafts, and a kitchen full of your favorite friends, so we're certain Thursday night dinners will become an instant tradition. Have fun, and happy cooking and crafting!
Until next Thursday,
colleen and stephania