Receiving Hospitality

Someone who has offered you hospitality, whether for a meal, or a whole week’s stay, is worthy of your gratitude.

Once again, as a side note, the extent of your gratitude should not necessarily be proportional to your enjoyment of the visit. 

The Bennets, hosted by the Bingleys at Netherfield. (found on Pinterest)

First off, let me press the point of how important… how imperative it is that you show your gratitude through your gracious manners. Whether you know which fork to use or not, you can be a gracious and thoughtful guest.

A thank you note is a wonderful, additional way to show this gratitude. Yet another way, is to bring with you a hostess gift (click the link to see a previous post on the subject). It doesn’t have to be extravagant! Just bring a little something to show that you care and are thankful for the generosity of your host. Here are some ideas:

  • Fresh Flowers (in a simple vase, if you can!)
  • Gourmet Chocolate
  • Coffee Beans
  • Practical Items (especially for longer visits) such as paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates/napkins, etc. These can help relieve some of the financial burden of hosting, and never spoil! 🙂

Hint: Keep a few of these sorts of things on hand, and you’ll always be ready – even for that last-minute get-together. You don’t ever want to dread last-minute gift shopping.


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