So, we’re all on board with the whole “Hospitality” thing, but how do you put feet on it? Where do you start? My personal preference: at the beginning.
Yeah, well. I’m not exactly sure where that is, either. For now, I’ll use myself as the guinea pig. I’m young, single, and unaccustomed to taking the role of hostess – that’s my mother’s job. Thankfully, I’ve had the advantage of watching her (and several other wonderful ladies) through the years, so I have some idea of what to do. However, the one or two times that I have had to step in as hostess have shown me that I, too, will have a lot to learn. If you’re just starting out (like I will be), there are some things for us to keep in mind. This is one of the best things to remember:
Make it doable.
Don’t set the bar too high at first. Yes, a lovely multi-course candlelight dinner with soft music, elegant guests, and perfect etiquette will be wonderful someday. But, if that’s what I expect for my first “event”… well… That event will never happen. Children aren’t born with table manners. Women don’t automatically know all the ins-and-outs of hostessing. We all need direction and practice.