Through the years God has blessed our family by putting people in our lives that truly have the gift of hospitality. We have learned through these people many hints and tips and I would like to share with you seven key tips for creating relaxed hospitality when having company in our homes.
Prayer ~ First and for most saturate your home with prayer before your guest arrive. It’s good to pray days before company arrives asking God to reveal how you can express love to them through your time together. Pray that they will feel the presence and the peace of the Lord in our home.
Prepare Ahead ~ Preparation ahead of time is very important. Most Sundays we have a family over for lunch or dinner. This preparation begins on Saturday. We focus on cleaning, setting the table and cooking as much ahead of time as we can. That way when company arrives all we have to do is rewarm the meal and pull the cold things out of the fridge which leaves time for us to talk with our company when they arrive and we can easily sit down to our meal which makes it more relaxing for everyone.
Greeting ~ When people come to our home for the first time, we always try to introduce every individual including the small children. We share with them one small fact about each of us that might help them get to know us better. Also, you must be intentional when listening to introductions, focus on remembering names and something special you learn about each person.
Music ~ It is nice for guest to arrive with Christian music softly playing in the background, helping to create an atmosphere of praise.
Co-host ~ When you have a large group or several families at the same time ask a friend of family member to help. Our children take turns helping prepare dishes, clear guest plates after a meal, filling drinks and cleaning the kitchen. Intentional hospitality is a family affair.
Keep A Journal ~ When we have guest in our home we are telling them they are important to us and that we want to create special memories with them. Having a guest memory journal that friends could sign, draw in, and write small thoughts or memories about our time together helps them know that our time with them is special to us. To learn how to create a journal be sure and check out my post CREATE A GUEST MEMORY JOURNAL.
Drink Station ~ Create a drink station of fresh brewed coffee, herb teas or cocoa near your table so guest feel welcome after dinner to fix their own cup and then return to the table to linger. To linger we must stop, spend time getting to know better those whom God puts in our lives. The one good thing that seems to slow us humans down is sitting around a table, one that has great food, conversation and genuine concern for those around it. We all long for time to love and be loved. To read more about lingering be sure and read my post LINGERING AT THE TABLE.