Real, Simple Hospitality Is NOT About…
You :: It’s about the other person—making them feel welcome and cared for. They won’t be fixating on the imperfections of your home, so why should you?
At least, that’s what I tell myself when company comes amidst a laundry volcano on the living room floor.
(Necessarily) Hosting a four-course dinner :: Snacks or dessert and coffee will do just fine. A glass of water will do just fine.
Having wonderfully behaved children :: Averagely-behaved children will do. Keep it real.
Impressing others with your home’s cuteness :: It’s about creating a welcoming haven that blesses others.
Doing everything yourself :: It’s about serving others and accepting help.
Having a perfectly clean house :: Clean enough is clean enough.
Having a perfectly tidy house :: Tidy enough not to be a safety hazard will do.
Having a house at all :: You can host in an apartment, duplex, or your mom’s house. Perhaps these are even better options, because they make you realize you really didn’t need a house after all.
A large space :: Small spaces are cozy spaces.
Pets behaving perfectly :: I mean, it would help, but…don’t let pet issues stop you from inviting people in. If nothing else, Fluffy or Rover can be temporarily contained.
Slaving away in the kitchen :: Ordering pizza is still feeding people.
Did I miss anything? 🙂