What does "hospitality" mean to you? Do you plan and prepare for your guests? I follow my Mother's lead in hosting company. Anytime we had out of-town guests, Mother added special touches to our home in order to make company feel welcomed and very special. It was always an exciting time and almost had a holiday feel to the occasion since there was hustle and bustle all about!
Special attention should be given to your front door entrance! It's the first impression anyone gets and it shows you care and value your home, your family and yes, your guests! Freshly planted flowers, whimsical garden signs, lighting, and a manicured lawn will reflect your special style!
Everyone gathers in the kitchen and it is normally true that your guests will be hungry after a day of travel. I can say the Divine Miss M will always have a beautiful array of snacks for us to nibble on along with a cold glass of Pinot. Take pride in your kitchen by displaying beautiful china, an array of beverages, Italian meats and smoked cheeses with toasted baguettes or crackers. Fresh fruits will be the perfect accompaniment with this type appetizer. Take this time to unwind and catch up on the latest news from their family!
Plan something special for them one day! Let them experience a local place that you enjoy and can relax. Wouldn't this be a fabulous idea, rather than a busy restaurant where you waited over an hour to be seated? How lovely to sit and soak in nature's beauty, talk through the night and laugh about old times!