Happy New Year fellow pineapple lovers! 2017 is here and its time to start fresh with a reinvigorated sense of purpose! Or, just hunker down at home while you wait for things to warm up. Regardless of which camp you fall in, it’s a great month to spending some intentional time preparing your home to welcome guests. In this five part blog series “Creating a Hospitable Home,” we’re going to tackle a few key areas of your home that can make all the difference in helping guests feel welcome.
This past summer a blog article started making the rounds on social media called “In Praise of Scruffy Hospitality”. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I highly recommend it. The author makes some fantastic points about the true reasons for hospitality and defines scruffy hospitality as “not waiting for everything in your house to be in order before you host and serve friends in your home. Scruffy hospitality means you hunger more for good conversation and serving a simple meal of what you have, not what you don’t have. Scruffy hospitality means you’re more interested in quality conversation than the impression your home or lawn makes. If we only share meals with friends when we’re excellent, we aren’t truly sharing life together.”
I love this idea! You shouldn’t wait for your home to be Pinterest perfect before you have someone over. Your plates don’t have to match. It’s okay if its crowded. The kitchen doesn’t have to be totally tidied up and look like you’ve never cooked in it. Hospitality has nothing to do with having a magazine worthy home, food or tablescape. It’s about reconnecting with people and sharing life together.
Scruffy yet welcoming!
However, scruffy hospitality isn’t an excuse not to make your home welcoming. The homes this author described, though mismatched and a little cluttered, still beckoned you in and welcomed you to stay for a while. So, that’s what this series is going to be about. We’ll be hitting four key areas in your home that you can prep now to be company ready and, with little maintenance, they will welcome guests for the rest of the year. I hope you’re as excited as I am to dig in!
READ THE WHOLE SERIES:
(Links will become live as each blog is posted)
Introduction | Creating a Hospitable Home
Your walk, porch and front door | Beckoning in your guests
Your entryway | Helping guests feel at home
Your bathroom | Creating a comfortable “intimate” space
Your pantry | Making impromptu entertaining a breeze