How to be a Hostess with the Mostest

Hey!  I’m glad you’re here!  This post is part of a 31 Day writing challenge hosted by The Nester.  During the month of October, I’m writing on Southern A Way of Life.  I will be back to my ‘regular’ posts in November.  Consider pushing that follow button to the right for all my latest posts.  Thanks y’all!

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Today, I’m continuing the thread on Southern hospitality that I began on Day 2, for more on that post, click here.  That day, I focused, primarily, on hospitality from the standpoint of friendliness, but another component of being hospitable is being a hostess with the mostest.    Some people are naturally born with the gift of being a gracious hostess.  Others of us have to learn a few basic tricks “to fake it ’till we make it” as Doodlebug says.  I believe that anyone, no matter if they were gifted or not, can welcome and entertain others in their home and make them feel welcome.

Here’s a few tricks I’ve learned over the years that have helped.

1. Keep the pantry stocked with foods that you can put together quickly.

2. Be comfortable in your own home and how it looks and others will be comfortable too — even, and most especially, when there is laundry everywhere, dishes in the sink,  dog hair across the floor, and a month’s worth of dust on the bookshelves.  BE CONFIDENT and VERY WELCOMING and they will forget about your house.

3. If you know guests are coming, it’s amazing how quickly the main living spaces can be straightened up, candles lit and the house appear to others that you live “neat” all the time.

4. When cooking a meal, cook something you know is a winner or get take out.  If you know your guests really well, break these rules, abandon them to the wind and cook something new you’ve been longing to try.

Other 31 Day-ers writing about hospitality that I think you’ll enjoy : )
Jenn @ asimplehaven.com
Kamille @ redeemingthetable.com
And this post from Edie@ lifeingrace

To view all of the previous posts in this series, click here.

What are your go-to dishes when company comes by?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”  Hebrews 13:2  NIV Bible

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8 thoughts on “How to be a Hostess with the Mostest

  1. I’m catching up and I love this. This one has been a struggle for me. My mom is an AWESOME hostess and it took me awhile to get comfortable. We have been married for five years and literally NEVER used our fine china. Not once. We actually had a small dinner party (we signed up for this thing at church where you’re in a group with four couples and rotate hosting dinner) a few months ago and used our intermediate dishes and it was SO much fun and surprisingly not as stressful as I had imagined. But yeah, it’s also really fun to order pizza for some friends, too!

    • Hey Sarah! Thanks! You’ll feel more comfortable the more you do it. I like using my nice china with my friends. I feel like I’m showing them how special they are to me : ) I’ll bet you’re going to be as awesome as your mom!

  2. I’m catching up and I love this. This one has been a struggle for me. My mom is an AWESOME hostess and it took me awhile to get comfortable. We have been married for five years and literally NEVER used our fine china. Not once. We actually had a small dinner party (we signed up for this thing at church where you’re in a group with four couples and rotate hosting dinner) a few months ago and used our intermediate dishes and it was SO much fun and surprisingly not as stressful as I had imagined. But yeah, it’s also really fun to order pizza for some friends, too!

    • Hey Sarah! You posted your comment twice but if for some reason you didn’t see the first one — I encourage you to keep at it — you’ll get more comfortable the more you do it. With the example of your mom, I’d bet you’re going to be great too!

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