Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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“Hospitality – the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” – Google

This podcast episode was the inspiration for this post. Well, current life is the inspiration for this post, too! People are ready to see other people!

I am pretty new to The Lazy Genius and her podcast. I have read her book and now I listen to some of her episodes. What she says makes a lot of sense. I am a huge fan of simplifying your life where and when you can!

But, today let’s talk about hospitality. What a difference a year makes, right? We are gathering again! We aren’t questioning every.little.decision anymore. Last year caused us to be creative, though, and that can’t be all bad. Let’s not forget what we learned last summer!

We desperately need human connection. That is what hospitality is about to me. Even my introverted husband enjoys being around people, even if he won’t always admit it.

Here are a few reminders:

-It’s o.k. to just have people in your outdoor spaces.

-It’s o.k. to just have one or two people over at a time.

-It’s o.k. to not cook. You can do pitch-ins or potlucks, “bring your favorite summer side dish”, etc. You can simply order pizza, bbq, Mexican, Chinese, and the list goes on. Make sure to ask dietary restrictions.

-It’s o.k. to NOT serve a meal. Have people over for coffee, a cocktail, a charcuterie board, donuts, the list goes on.

-It’s o.k. to put an end time on your “hang”. “Want to come over from 4-6 before I have to make dinner?”

-It’s o.k. to not entertain at your home. Here are a few ideas:

have someone meet you at your swim club

have someone meet you at a park, splash pad, zoo

have someone with kids the same age come over for sprinkler, water gun play in the yard while the moms chat

have someone meet you at a coffee shop

meet up for a walk

Once you start thinking about places you could meet, you will come up with a long list, I think.

My friend has a book club that works a bit differently. They all talk about whatever they happen to be reading at the moment; they don’t read the same book and discuss like a traditional book club would. This summer they are meeting at a pool at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays. I thought that was creative!

How can you show hospitality if you aren’t in your own home? Simply pay for their coffee, pay the guest fee for the pool (or offer), or if you are on a tight budget, choose one of the free options in your town.

Also, here is the blog post I wrote in 2018 about entertaining; I’m going to take some notes myself!

What ideas do you have to add to this? I have had readers tell me they are intimidated by showing hospitality in their home. I say start small and don’t stress out. Start with just one person for a small amount of time. Coffee and muffins or lemonade and cookies would be a great first attempt.

Amy

9 thoughts on “Summer Hospitality

  1. Great post! Well, in Sweden “fika” is such an institution, so you can always invite people home for a fika. Just buy some cinnamon buns at 7Eleven and brew some coffee! Easy!
    The habit for entertaining at the cabin seems to be to invite people over for “a drink before dinner” – so clever! We have been to a couple of those, and have been having people over in the same fashion. Wine, beer and some snacks, easy peasy!
    I prefer to just meet 2-4 people, so you get the chance to talk to everybody!

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    1. Yes! Fika makes it easy! I love that cabin entertaining! You should organize a progressive happy hour where you go to multiple cabins and have one drink at each! Ooops – see how I turn everything “extra”? Is your soldier girl home?

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      1. Happy hour in multiple cabins – splendid! 😀
        Yes, she’s home! But I haven’t met her yet! tomorrow!

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  2. We entertain often but I do find I enjoy it most when we just have one family or a couple people over. The larger the gathering the more it starts to feel like work and the less chance we have to actually visit and socialize.

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  3. I love this post! Through the years, I’ve realized it’s ok to just have a few friends over…& that it’s ok to ask them to bring things. I used to feel like I had to do it all. I LOVE the book club idea where everyone just shares what they are reading. You do such a good job hosting and meeting up with friends…love these tips!

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    1. Thank you! I have actually entertained less this summer than last so far! I think it’s because I’m ready to be out! And, I can be out without fear! Does that make sense? But we really haven’t seen people as much so far because people are busy again! So crazy! After my kids being gone to college I am more content to be with them when I can.
      I love the book club idea, too. It takes so much pressure off! My old book club sometimes felt like school!

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      1. I’m a book club failure. I love to read but not be told what to read 😂 yes, that makes sense. We hang with our neighbors a lot but we haven’t had any time this summer with the kids back doing all the things.

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