How to be a Hostess with the Mostest

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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

Are Southerners friendly or just busybodies?

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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Day 2

Are Southerners friendly or are they busybodies?   I think this question probably depends on who you ask.  People are friendly everywhere, not only here in the South.  I think what separates Southerners apart is our overly friendly nature, particularly, to strangers.

I’ve visited most of the United States and I’ve lived in several states (although, all were southern) and I’ve discovered Southerners greet others and strike up conversations anytime they’re stuck in a line, especially, Wal Mart and the grocery store.  I’m sure we do it to pass the time but I, also, think we’re curious by nature and want to know about the other person which leads to the moniker of busybody.

I’ve found, generally, those from non-southern states are less likely to greet others they don’t know or talk to them while waiting in line.  In fact, when I’ve attempted it; I’ve gotten stares, however, a smile works wonders on our non-southern counterparts.  They will respond to smiling. Once they’re acquainted with you, Northerners, the nice name for those we call not from the South which includes everybody else, are friendly and very hospitable.

My home state of Mississippi has been dubbed the “Hospitality State.”  In fact, we, even, have a Miss Hospitality Pageant that’s how serious we take being friendly.  And speaking of pageants, I’m saving our infatuation with them for another post.

Hospitable, as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary, is “welcoming guests with warmth and generosity, fond of entertaining, well-disposed toward strangers, and having an open and charitable mind.”   I couldn’t have described us any better.

Doodlebug and I discuss  Southern friendliness

I hope you’ll come back tomorrow.  So, in true Southern slang, how’re you and them?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up.  Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.” Romans 12:15,16  The Message