Instead of trying to put on a pot roast and potatoes on china with linen napkins, here are some things that have worked, despite modern obstacles to being hospitable.
1. Keep it simple.
Order pizza in, have assemble-it-yourself tacos or baked pasta. You’ll find that most people are so thrilled to be asked over to your house that they will be delighted with most menus.
2. Plan a small potluck and invite more than one guest.
Ask each guest to bring a soup or salad and provide bread and drinks. Or ask each guest to bring part of a bigger meal; a salad, or main dish, or dessert, etc.
3. Invite your guests for just dessert and games.
You could also conclude the evening with a movie. Provide drinks and snacks if a longer evening is planned. Try something like make-your-own sundaes.
4. Be spontaneous.
Even when dates are planned ahead of time, cancelations happen. If your family has a rare free evening, ask another friend or family to come last minute. Explain that it's a “shot in the dark.” Even if it doesn’t work out, reaching out blesses people. Don’t assume things need to be planned well in advance.
5. Make a meal in your slow-cooker.
Delicious stews and soup can be made ahead of time and can be served with bread and a bakery dessert. Once you prepare the meal in the morning, the food will be hot and ready to eat by the time your guests arrive.
Still, it's commanded in I Peter 4:9 to “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” Don’t let excuses prevent you from having people over for years. If Scripture tells us to do it, it’s important. Be creative, swallow all pride, and take initiative. You might be surprised how much fun everyone will have!