How to be a Better Hostess for your Guest
Dec 1, 2016
All year round we have parties, get together’s, and celebrations. All though they should be the happiest days of our lives, we turn them into the most dreadful and stressful events. Usually, it’s because we are hosting and we want everything to be PERFECT.
However while trying to live up to this expectation we lose the real meaning of hosting. Hosting is about building relationships and memories with those surrounding you.
Let hosting become a joy instead of a burden, and to help you I put together these 7 practical tips to help you get started.
- Atmosphere; set yourself up for a comfortable atmosphere. When your guests arrive make then feel welcome and take your time greeting and getting them comfortable. Don’t mention how busy you are or how many things you still need to get done. That only makes them feel as if they have become a burden to you.
- Lights & smell; the first thing guests notice is the lighting and the smell of your home. These are something’s that usually you look past because they have become so familiar to you. To make your home feel and look fresh, light some candles, or use any kind of scented air refresher’s to cover up that home like smell. Turn on your lights or open your curtains so that the home could feel bright and fresh.
- Do some light cleaning before your guests arrive. Don’t stress yourself with cleaning, do a quick run through and put everything back into its proper place. This simple technique improves the appearance of the home without having to deep clean.
- Offer your quest some food or drink. I don’t know what it is about food that just makes everyone happy, but it works and it makes your guests feel cared for. Don’t run yourself down trying to cook a fancy meal; something small goes a big way. I personally like to offer tea or coffee with some cookies and candy. It’s something small that everyone enjoys.
- Sit back, relax, and enjoy. After dinner or when your guests have arrived, remember to enjoy your quest and time of companionship. I know you feel as if you need to clean up the table or the mess that already came up. But that can be done later, sometimes the best host is the one that actually present.
- Letting go. Not always will everything come out perfect and that’s fine, we’re humans. So if you burnt your meal or your kids are miss behaving it’s not the end of the world. Your guests will understand, they’re human too, I hope. So bounce back and have a good laugh.
- Be flexible; something’s just doesn’t go by plan. But that’s when your true hosting skills come into play. It’s important to stay flexible and go with the flow. This keeps you from stressing and keeps your guests from ever noticing.
Remember being a good hostess isn’t about having a perfect home or great food, It’s about the willingness and the joy you receive from sharing your home with others. And that’s exactly what your guests will remember.
Happy Holidays & A MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!