My sister has lived abroad with her adorable family for the past 6 years. We speak over the phone daily but that doesn’t take away from any excitement I feel when they’re in NYC. This summer I’ll be hosting part of the Profeta family for a month. This brings me to ponder what it really means to host them.
I’m not the most attentive host that you’ll ever come across. I tend to get wrapped up in the daily grind, but I try to cover the basics. I should also state that since my sister and I are so close I don’t consider making concessions for her & her brood. As they say, “su casa es mi casa,” so she is allowed to do, touch, move and say anything in my home. Upon giving this all further thought as they’re due to arrive in less than 3 days, I’ve realized that there are basics that I always at least subconsciously cover.
Any hostess should cover these basics for any guest no matter the length of stay or relation status.
– Ensure you’ve made space for them. No guest should ever have to drop their suitcase on a pile that’s amassed on the floor and inevitably every guest brings toiletries so remember to consider the bathroom. Bonus points awarded if you can provide closet or drawer space.
– Provide a clean and freshly changed out place to sleep whether it’s a bed, sofa, or air mattress and remember to include pillows.
– Always make sure the guest has clean towels or access to them!
– Remember to be gracious. Keep your OCD in check (this is one for me) and leave your day’s baggage at the door. NYC can be a rough place sometimes we all know.
These are total basics, like really basic basics. If you are ready to elevate your hosting game, read Jeanie’s very opinionated stance on playing the proper hostess. In my opinion, the most important tip of all however is to enjoy your guests. I, for one CANNOT wait to diddle daddle with my too cute niece and nephew!