Cherished readers, the weather is getting warmer and I am sure that everyone is ready to entertain! But, The Lady Hooper-Brackett wonders if you know all that you could know about being the host with flair and grace? Let us explore…
The Host(ess) with the Most(est) According to the Lady Hooper-Brackett
Your smiling face should be the first thing that a guest sees when they enter your home. Greet everyone warmly and promptly.
Have a serving table nearby where arrivals can take a glass or a little morsel to eat.
Be prepared if someone hands you a hostess gift. Don’t try to balance them in your hands. Decorate a small table and use for the purpose of placing the gifts.
Take coats and wraps from your guests, place them in a closet or in the bedroom. At no times should a pile of coats be visible to arriving guests.
Be sure to introduce those who are arriving to those guests who are already there and make sure that all guests are making conversation and enjoying themselves. It is also your responsibility to diffuse hot topics and turn them to acceptable topics. See my earlier post on DANGER Topics.
Keep an eye on the refreshing offerings, making sure there is enough out for everyone.
If you are serving a seated, several course meal, place cards are a wonderful touch.
Relax and enjoy the evening! Remember you set the tone for your guests.
The Lady hopes that you will be the ultimate in graciousness and ease when you welcome your own cherished friends to your abode.
Best Hostess Wishes,
The Lady Hooper-Brackett