I don’t know about you, but I love going round to people’s homes. It’s such an insight into their world. And when you’ve been round to enough homes you will have run into issue like using the toilet that wasn’t flushed by the previous user, or the tea served with lumpy milk, or having to sit on couches covered in pet hair and milk spills. I have walked through homes where I could smell a dog and wait to have it leap up on me only to discover…there’s no dog. I’ve also been invited round to homes only to be ignored the whole time because they had to get all the chores done.
I’m blessed to have many people walk through our doors every week and I am always returning to the skills my mother taught me. Theses are simple things that make a huge difference to welcoming people into your home. Here are my keys for success as a great hostess:
1. Treat every visitor as an honoured guest
2. Serve your best
3. Keep your house clean and tidy
4. Be yourself
This is really the key to good company. If we stand on too much ceremony many times the room falls to silence. Be yourself and meet your guests wherever they are. If they’ve just come off an international flight show them to their room and give them time to rest. If they’re coming for a quick chat put the errands and chores on hold and give them your full attention.