10 Tips for Creating an Environment of Hospitality // # 3

I will be the first to admit that entering an office supply store like Staples, Office Depot, or *gasp* The Container Store makes me a little giddy. Ok, A LOT giddy! Sweet dreams are made of rows of color coordinated bins, label makers, and choose-your-size post-it notes, right!? Call it lingering remnants of my only child-ness, but I love it when everything has a place. That boundary (read: sanity) keeps getting pushed as life goes on… first with the addition of roommates in college, then my husband, and with the baby?! The insatiable need to have a perfectly put together home has nearly gone out the window. And you know what? I think I’m a better host for it! I love having a tidy house, but I also just don’t worry that much about letting others see my mess. I’ve noticed that sharing some of my mess LITERALLY has made others more comfortable to share their mess FIGURATIVELY. Isn’t that amazing?

Tip # 3
Don’t Be Fussy

Remember to never lose the focus of hospitality – making your guest feel delighted, welcomed, and cherished. These feelings won’t happen if your guests are walking around your party fearful of breaking something and messing something up. Yes, instill a sense of respect for your home in your guests, but make sure you do everything you can to express that if a crystal glass goblet was accidentally broken while dancing, you will make sure the party will go on!

And speaking of not being fussy, how perfectly un-fussy and glamorous is this classic white & gold vintage setting?!



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