My Two Cents on Simple Hospitality

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!!!  

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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.

I think I need to host a porch party!! is that a thing? If not it totally should be!!! Thank you Lord for this front porch <3

I think I need to host a porch party!! is that a thing? If not it totally should be!!! Thank you Lord for this front porch <3

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.

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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!

One of my favorite things to do is fling these patio doors open!!!!!! These doors are at the end of our dining room and lead to a sweet little patio and our side yard.

One of my favorite things to do is fling these patio doors open!!!!!! These doors are at the end of our dining room and lead to a sweet little patio and our side yard.

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!

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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!!!

Happy Hostessing!!!!



















Humble Hospitality

I'm sitting in a hospital room, with my mother, waiting for my father to return from having a few tests done.  Back in 2010 he suffered from a heart attack and had a stent put in.  They also noted that the main artery to the heart was at a 50% blockage, which was not a grave concern.  Looking forward, the doctor suspected that my father may need a bypass in about two years.

Like I said, that was 2010.  He had a stress test last friday and experienced a bit of shortness of breath, so they scheduled a heart catheterization for today.  The procedure was no longer than 45 minutes and the results led to a black and white conclusion.  The main artery has worsened and open heart surgery is the next step. 

You may be wondering what this has to do with hospitality or humility but I'm sharing this because I believe that hospitality is not contained within the four walls of a building and humility is not just for the poor. Humble hospitality is not merely found nor is it contained just within four walls.  I believe that it is also found within the walls of our hearts and our minds.

I have never met anyone that has chosen to have such an amazing attitude in the face of adversity.  My father, while being wheeled on his gurney, has joyfully greeted almost everyone he has passed.  He has made doctors and nurses smile, laugh and shake their head.  When asked "How are you doing?", his response is emphatically, "Better than I deserve!!". He takes the time to ask them about themselves and gets to know a bit of who they are.

In a place where joy and laughter are somewhat uncommon, this man has defied the norm and brought forth JOY and laughter, in a place where you hope the staff makes you feel warm and welcomed, the patient is doing the warming and welcoming, in a situation that most would greet with fear and trembling, he has embraced with peace and confidence.

I am guilty of closing my heart in response to so many frivilous situations. I am guilty of not choosing joy, of not inviting others in and keeping my head down.  My dad continues to be a shining light of joy and hospitality.  He continues to open himself and invite others in.  He doesn't find this day and outcome an inconvenience, rather an open invitation for others to enter in.

In a world where we keep our heads down and mind our own business, its nice to hear a joyful voice break through the silence and welcome others in.

Surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday morning - He will come with an open heart (no pun intended)

All prayers and good thoughts are welcomed!  And in honor of my dad, break the silence, open your heart and/or home and share some humble hospitality ❤

God Bless

Lorraine