Hi there! I’m Heather and I blog over at Port City Prescription, where I ramble on about living life in style. I’m more than excited Jenni allowed me to hop on over and share a few thoughts on something near and dear to both our hearts – hospitality.
I’ve grown up learning a few things about the good ol’ Southern hospitality, but I’m a firm believer no matter what region of the country, we can all be gracious, hospitable beings! You might feel limited by resources or space or even time. Fear not, friends, I’ve got some tips for becoming the hostess with the mostess.
“Eating, and hospitality in general, is a communion, and any meal worth attending by yourself is improved by the multiples of those with whom it is shared.” ― Jesse Browner
1. Whether it is a couch or guest suite you have to offer your guests, leave a personal touch. Be it their favorite candy or drink or flowers by the bed- show your guests you’re thinking of them. We call them surcee’s where I’m from- they’re fun and unexpected, typically small but meaningful.
2. This one might seem more rigid but is still important. Be conscious of your guest’s basic needs- water, toiletries, bedding. While not as fun to plan, you can always have fun with these. Leave cold water bottles/ a filtered water pitcher with your guests. Consider purchasing a travel kit with the main toiletries in case they forget something. Provide various types of bedding- some people prefer lots of blankets while others only sleep with sheets. Your guests might appreciate a fan for background noise while sleeping. I feel like these are small, but common things around most of our homes. The main idea is to keep your guests from having to ask for much of anything.
“The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It’s about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment.” ― Shauna Niequist
3. Time, time, time. Most often, the people you’ll be hosting will be dear family or friends. While they will enjoy exploring a new place, they undoubtedly crave your time. You can be busy preparing food or cleaning house, but don’t miss a prime opportunity to love on your guests. Even if you can’t provide anything else mentioned above, this is (in my opinion) the most important things to remember. Giving your time will mean more to your guests than any material gift you might bestow. Stay up late, laugh a ton, and make memories you’ll be able to reminisce about for years to come.
4. Have fun! Opening up your home to others can be one of the most rewarding experiences. You get to share your life and most precious possessions with those you love.
“So this is the dance, it seems to me: to be the kind of host who honors the needs of the people who gather around his or her table, and to be the kind of guest who comes to the table to learn, not to demand.” ― Shauna Niequist
Thanks to Jenni for having me and to y’all for allowing me to share a little piece of my heart! Be sure to drop by the blog anytime and connect with me via all those other social media platforms 🙂