I’m beginning to think that I like telling people about going back to school than the actual “going back to school” part. Husband started on Monday and was promptly informed to go ahead and tell family that he will be missing most holidays. Just as we’ve been getting into our hosting groove, he was told he should plan three hours a week for family time. Good thing I scheduled some events in advance!
This week marked one of my more ambitious events since settling into the bungalow: a classic summer cookout for the Vision Team at my church. I recently joined and wanted some casual time, outside of meetings, to connect with my fellow visionaries and their families.
I’ve already shared how much I value a clean home and fresh, easy foods when hosting, so today, I wanted to move on to share some of my “Philosophy of Hospitality”. Yes, these are goals, so they may not always be executed perfectly, but this is what I aspire to:
1. I want my house to be a warm, inviting place. If I’ve offered to host, it will be at a time that’s convenient for me so I have the energy to pour into the event. I don’t want people to have to help by bringing anything or cleaning up; I just want them to have a couple hours to rest, relax, and unwind from a hurried world.
2. I want to use real glass plates and real metal silverware. I want my guests to feel their visit is worth my effort and their time is not disposable. I fuss over removing water spots and ironing tablecloths because I want my guests to know both they and their experience is important.
3. I want to serve sustaining food. Husband and I work to reduce artificial ingredients and preservatives in our kitchen to care for our bodies and I want the same respect for my guests. Yes, it might be easier to make casseroles out of canned goods, but I want to go to the market and touch the produce and sneak in five servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the evening.
4. I want to remain calm. If smoke starts pouring out of the oven, I’ll laugh and say “We’ll have to have that looked at.” Or if kiddos break something, I’ll say “No worries, it’ll glue back.” Something silly will always happen, so I try to be gracious, to not take myself too seriously, and to focus on people, not things.
That’s my hospitality philosophy. What’s yours?