Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Welcoming Guests by Being Prepared
I am by NO means a pro at anything I do, but I've had a lot of practice and have leraned through my own mistakes and chaotic moments that sometimes a little preparation will help make life a bit easier on you and everyone else.
1. Welcome them. If you're expecting your guests, make sure to prepare for them. Freshen up the room they'll be staying in. Make sure the sheets are clean and the bed is made. A fresh and fluffed up room with give them a more comfortable and inviting welcome.
2. Shine the outhouse. Run through the bathroom they'll be using to make sure it's clean. Who wants to walk in to a messy bathroom? Pull out towels, washcloths, soaps, etc. I like to lay out some small essentials; travel size items just in case they didn't bring any. This will keep you from running to the store later.
3. Declutter. Walk through your house and pick up stuff. Everyone knows that a house is NEVER magazine perfect, but it does offer a nicer welcome if the clutter (ie: toys, blankets, pillows, etc) are off the floor and in their rightful homes.
1. Keep meals simple. Even though I would love to spend as much time as possible with my guests (which mostly happen to be family), I always want to ensure that I give them a home cooked meal. However...I don't want to slave over the stove when I could be walking down memory lane with them. So to help with that, I keep meal times short and sweet. Simple as cake...or pie? Hmm... Here are just a few meals that might find on my menu when guests are in my home:
*Veggie and Ham Soup
*Cold cut sandwhiches
I love it when we have visitors. I love spending time with them and making memories and talking about the old. So anything that I can do to make the time that they're with me flow better and run smoother...I'm all about it!
What do you do when you have guests on their way? Do you have "guest" routines? Speical meals? Do share! I'd love to hear about them.