Hospitality is one of the South’s defining qualities. Opening your home to welcome guests is the perfect opportunity to extend hospitality and let your guests know why people rant and rave about how southerners do it.
4 Easy Ways to Charm Your Guests (the Southern way):
1. Clean, Folded Towels
Leave freshly washed towels and washrags out for your guests. These can go on the edge of the bed or near the sink, but they need to be out and about so that your guests know that they are theirs for the taking. This communicates to your visitors that you took the time to prepare for their arrival. They should obviously be clean, folded, and ideally matching. Also, it’s courtesy to leave a wash rag (for facial cleaning) in addition to two bath towels.
2. Fresh Flowers
Nothing says, “I’m happy you’re here!” like fresh flowers. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a little cluster by the bedside or in the bathroom. Having fresh flowers in the kitchen or on the dining room table brightens up a home. On a budget? Fear not– wild flowers are in bloom right now. There’s no shame in pulling over on a back road to snip a few brown-eyed susans or Indian’s paint brush. One man’s weeds are a southern woman’s home décor!
3. Wifi Code
This courtesy is certainly more modern, but will save your guests the hassle of trying to figure out whether or not they should ask you for this information. There are several ways to do this, but one cute way is to write down the wifi and password and stick it in a picture frame and leave it by the bedside. You will save your guests the hassle of asking and will welcome them in style—you’ve thought of everything!
4. Must-Visit Spots
Maybe your guests haven’t been to your city before—leave them a ‘to-do’ list of things to see and places to eat. This is especially helpful if you are going to be at work while your guests are in town. They can have a personalized to do list and can take it at their own pace. If you will be the personal tour guide for your guest, maybe make a little itinerary or list of suggestions you think they would like. This allows the guests to choose what they would like to do, and takes pressure off of you to create an awesome, action-packed plan for their visit. A cute little welcome note with these suggestions left on the pillow or by the bedside will let your guests know that you are excited they are visiting and you have thought ahead about their coming.
Good luck! Chanel your inner southern woman and go make your mama proud!
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