Hospitality is a Gift
Hospitality: The quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, and generous way.
To me hospitality is a way of blessing others by making them feel special, loved and valued. I am not scholarly, nor do I possess the wisdom of judges and doctors, but I do know how to love others. I desire that I keep this quote in mind whenever I have someone into my home: “Entertaining seeks to impress, hospitality seeks to bless.” Jen Wilken.
Planning a meal for friends and family can be extremely fun, satisfying and is a way to extend hospitality to the significant people in your life. These days, when so many people choose to have group events at a restaurant, it is a welcome change to be invited into someone’s home to enjoy a dining experience with friends, family, and old and new acquaintances.
A more personal alternative to meeting in a restaurant is hosting the event in your home. If you are anything like I am, I love having people in my home. The walls in my home echo the special times that have occurred over brunches, lunches, teas, dinners and other parties. I derive great pleasure in making someone feel like they are special people to me.
The most important factors are that you desire and prepare for everyone to enjoy the experience of dining in your home and plan for them to feel like they are significant people in your life. To that end, I have learned that planning events for the special people in my life includes six basic elements. I call them the “Seven “Ps” of Hosting a Party”. I invite you to come read along as I demonstrate how I plan and carry out dining events in my home.
Do you feel comfortable having people in your home? Do you get excited or a bit stressed at the thought? Stick with me and you will be hosting parties that delight you and your guests!