The Importance Of Hosting In Our Home
There is nothing I appreciate more than feeling "at home" in someone else's house. I love the comfort of being able to cuddle up on someones couch or sit at someones dining table and not feel stiff. This has always been my goal as a home owner.
Growing up I always appreciated the homes that I went into of friends and family where I felt relaxed and comforted the second I walked in. The ones that I didn't feel bad about opening the refrigerator door to grab myself a water bottle. The ones where I could bring my leftovers from a restaurant and toss them in the fridge without feeling a sense of urgency to move it. I could sit cross legged on the couch with my coffee and enjoy good conversations.
These people that welcomed me in didn't have to spend tons of money or take a ton of time to plan things to do, they just made sure I was comfortable, so I always wanted to be able to be this person for the people in my life. I always wanted to welcome those that didn't always feel "welcome" with open arms.
This past year Tyler and I were the activities committee in our neighborhood, and we loved it! We loved the relationships we created and the generosity that others offered us during that time!
The goal to being a gracious host is to make your guests feel welcomed and comforted and like they have space to be on their own as well as ways to connect and be involved with your household.
Here are our go-to’s for welcoming any guest:
Pre-visit: I like to clean all the floors in our house (Vacuum and then mop.) The reason I do this first is because most of our clutter is on the floor and if I can get all of that out of the way, it is a clean slate. Then I will put away any laundry, make sure towels and sheets in the guest bath are clean, and figure out sleeping quarters for whoever it is that will stay with us. I make sure we have the essentials, paper towels, toilet paper, breakfast foods + coffee/cream, and I like to make sure I have travel sized tooth paste, shampoo, body wash in the guest bath just in case.
Right before guests get here: We light a few candles or start the diffuser, we almost always have fresh flowers and a clean counter space, and we always put the dog upstairs so it's not a big overwhelming welcome party when they get here :)
Food: I enjoy cooking, I really do. But I don't love dishes in the sink or a dirty kitchen when guests are in town - I like to make ahead meals or plan on eating out at some of our favorite spots (if you are ever in Raleigh, I got you covered on places to eat :) ). I typically have some kind of dips (buffalo chicken and sausage dip are two of my go-to recipes for the first night people come over.) And breakfast is either usually a casserole of some sort I can make ahead, cinnamon rolls with scrambled eggs, or a one pot sausage gravy. So easy and I always have paper plates, napkins and utensils on hand for easy clean up!
When guests are ready to leave, I always make sure they know I will happily clean the sheets and have a hamper for them to throw their towels in, this makes for easy clean up once everyone has left.
I can only pray that people will always feel welcomed in our home, Tyler and I both strive for that. And I pray our children will learn the same kind of open-armed hosting we hope to share with them.