You’re probably fairly familiar with our Parliament Projects by now, but for those of you who aren’t, the Parliament Project is an intimate dinner series to aid and reestablish each individual’s connection with themselves. In these events, we disconnect from the outside world in order to better connect with ourselves and those around us. Each of our monthly dinners has a theme and yesterday’s theme was all about play.
Ultimately, we’re all busy people. We’ve got lots of things on our plates. We each hold ourselves accountable for work. For rest. But not for play. Going out to dinner is not play. Meeting up for cocktails with friends is not play. Flying a kite is play. Playing board games and singing in the car is play. We all need it. Last night’s goal was to help restore a bit of that in ourselves.
What’s on the Menu
In honor of our childhood, we decided to indulge in finger foods! Our choices were gooey and messy, and all inspired by crayon colors.
Marinated Tomato & Burrata Toasts
Pulled Chicken Lettuce wraps, Cilantro Slaw, & Garlic Cream
Brown Rice, Parsley, Butternut Squash, Sesame, & Red Onion
Blueberry & Kale Quinoa Salad
Feta, Watermelon, & Pecan Salad
Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini
Gooey Chocolate Cake with salted caramel gelato, warm berries, & chocolate sprinkles
As the theme of last night was Play, we spent the evening holding ourselves accountable for the ‘act of play’ as adults. Without play, boredom and complacency set it. Ambition levels drop. Happiness and joy plummet. The night was dedicated to table questions, workshops and open discussions about our childhood, what play we had in our lives then’ and what play we’ve lost. We laughed, we cried, we bonded as a group.
Last night, we dug into our childhood, unearthing the things that made us laugh as kids. As one gets older, it can be challenging to find time to play, but if last night taught us anything, it’s that a little bit of adult play can truly go a long way.
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