Hey friends! I just had my first opportunity to have some friends over and I wanted to share a few little hostess tips with y’all!!!
The first tip is to make the decision to open your doors, your home and your heart to hospitality. This can be a tough first step. The world, with all of it’s commercials, magazines, television shows and social media posts may have made you feel like you have to have a stocked arsenal of supplies, foods, beverages and the perfect space to host. Let me tell you, that is not true at all. Are those things nice? Absolutely but they are not necessary.
Okay so remember that we just moved to a new state less than a month ago. Remember that moving is a huge undertaking. Remember that unpacking and settling into your new abode is a time taker. Also remember that you cannot wait for the perfect time because the perfect time does not exist. I won’t lie, I was a tad bit hesitant to invite people over for most of the reasons above.
Add to that, I had no plan in place. I didn’t prepare any fancy food or drinks, didn’t have matching plates and napkins and didn’t really want to take the time to “worry” about those things. That is the second tip, you don’t need a grand plan or much of a plan at all!!
I was going to make sweet tea but was a little hesitant to offer it to these southern gals. (I am from the North ya know). So instead I grabbed a pretty glass pitcher, some mint leaves, water and a lemon. I was hoping to bake in the morning but instead asked my son to bake some chocolate chip muffins (he does this fairly often). The third tip: use what you have on hand or can easily out source!
This Alabama Spring weather has just been heavenly!!!! We were able to swing our patio doors wide open and just enjoy not having to be closed off from the outside. We raised up the giant, old windows and enjoyed the breeze wafting through the house. It was glorious!
We had a nice time chatting and catching up and I can’t wait to do it again!!! I have some bigger ideas in my mind for a bit larger of a group so stayed tuned for more!!
The fourth and final tip is to remember, when your guests accept an invitation from you, they are doing so because they want to be with YOU. They seriously do not care if your house is perfect or lived in, they don’t expect a giant spread or a big fuss. They just want to be with YOU.
Let’s vow to take the stress out of hospitality. It’s too much work. It’s not worth the effort and YOU are more of a gift to others than you give yourself credit for!!!