i love to have people over. husband always says my spiritual gift is hospitality. because of this, i thought i'd share with you some of my "tips" for being a good hostess (idea stolen from simple bliss).
keep your home neat. this one might sound obvious, but if you're going to be hosting anyone over, whether it's planned or spontaneous, you want a neat home. you also don't want to be scrambling around when you get that text that someone's on their way. to keep our place neat, we straighten all common areas each night before bed (it takes 3 minutes. seriously.), and have a list of chores that we take care of, based on the day of the week. those chores? they take about 5 minutes.
keep snacks around. we keep a nice glass bowl full of fruit on the counter-- even if we don't have company, it benefit us by being the most accessible snack! also, things like chips and salsa, or some homemade hummus with crackers are easy to set out if you get someone spontaneously dropping by.
keep the guest room neat. not always easy, if you use it for storage also, but we try really hard to keep our guest room liveable. this means-- clean sheets, nice dresser with a candle on it, and nothing stacked in the corners. if possible, keep some spare hangers with room in the closet so it can be utilized if someone visits. think if that guest room is somewhere you'd like to sleep-- is there a clean night stand, with an alarm clock? how about a magazine or something set out on the dresser for them to read/take with them? the little things matter.
beverages are thoughtful. even though we mainly drink water at our place, it's nice to have something different when people come over. i like to keep some crystal light mix in the pantry, so it can be easily prepared if needed. we also will put a pot of coffee on (if it's not consumed, i put it in the fridge for iced coffees the next day) and have tea available.
what about you? do you enjoy hosting people at your home? what are some tips you use?