hospitable [ˈhɒspɪtəbəl hɒˈspɪt-]adj1. welcoming to guests or strangers2. fond of entertaining
-The Free Dictionary
This morning we enjoyed a lovely morning with new(-ish) friends. Five lovely ladies had time for warm cuppas and a beautiful morning tea whilst five under 4 year olds played beautifully together.
As Immy and I walked home I realised that I must soon have these ladies round. That it is actually past my turn. The thought makes me nervous. I am just not naturally good at the whole hospitality caper. And these ladies have set the bar so high. Gorgeous, comfortable homes and wonderful (mostly) home baked goods t0 eat.
My house is generally a bit untidy, I am embarrassed if people just drop in. My cooking is hit and miss at the best of times and when it comes to baking, well, that doesn’t get much fancier than Immy and I giving a packet cake mix a whirl!
I wish I was better at the whole hospitality gig. I dream of having groups of friends around regularly for morning teas and (gasp!) even meals. I just wish I had inherited the gene for stress-free entertaining. And for the sake of my daughter and our little ‘family,’ I know that I need to lift my game. I need to feel comfortable welcoming others into our home and confident that they won’t go home with food poisoning!
But I seriously would love your help. If you are a hospitality goddess, what are your tips for easy entertaining? If you find it a challenge but persevere regardless, how do you do it? Believe me, I need all the help I can get 🙂