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A HAPPY SIDE OF HOSPITALITY: A Simple Strategy for Summer Hospitality

By July 28, 2015 6 Comments

A dear friend and her family recently stopped by my home as they were returning from visiting relatives in another state. She had called me a few weeks earlier to indicate their expected arrival time. I was delighted that they included me in their travel plans! I welcomed the opportunity to offer hospitality and a break in their travel day.

In times past, I might easily have needed to completely disrupt my daily schedule for one or two entire days just to get my house presentable—finally get all the laundry picked up, washed, dried, and put away; finally throw out all the old newspapers and magazines that have been cluttering up the living room; finally clean all the bathroom surfaces; finally put away the unfinished craft project on the kitchen table; finally pitch the unused leftovers in the fridge so that there will be room for fresh food; finally sweep the front porch and remove the dead flowers from the pots…does this sound familiar?!

This time I was pleasantly surprised that it was much easier to get ready for my guests! I discovered that my simple daily routines have helped me to manage clutter and create cleanliness on a consistent basis. All I needed to do was simply refresh my home, which required considerably less time. Yahoo!

Here is my simple strategy for summer hospitality:

  1. SIMPLE PREPARATIONS: I wrote down my cleaning chores on one card—dust furniture, run sweeper, and clean bathroom. I set my timer for 20 minutes for each chore and  finished in 1 hour.
  2. SIMPLE FOOD: I wrote down my menu and grocery list on one card—veggies, fruit, and chips. I decided to have a simple salad bar with everything displayed in bowls. I cut up the veggies before leaving for church and rinsed off the fruit after I came home.
  3. SIMPLE ENTERTAINMENT: With no TV, radio, or electronics to distract us, we simply enjoyed table conversation! It was a treat to share updates about our families. Age-appropriate toys were readily available in cubical bins in the living room when the children were finished eating.
  4. SIMPLE DESTINATIONS: Take advantage of the opportunity to share special hometown hangouts, such as a favorite park or museum. Oftentimes these are free! We chose to drive downtown to see the HUGE “Lincoln & Modern Man” display in front of the Miami County Courthouse.lincoln
  5. SIMPLE CLEANUP: Since there were no pots and pans, cleanup was a breeze! All I needed to do was return the veggie and fruit bowls to the fridge and wash the plates, glasses, and silverware.
  6. SIMPLE LEFTOVERS: I will be enjoying a few quick and easy lunches this week while remembering the fun fellowship with my friends.

What is your favorite super simple summer menu to share with friends?  


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  • Charlene says:

    Your friends LOVED their visit with you! It was fun to hear about your visit to the statues. I had already seen pictures! It was fun to see you beside those giant statues in this picture.

    Great hospitality ideas, too!

  • Rachel Welborn says:

    A dear friend taught me this principle of simple hospitality years ago. Frequently she invited us over after Sunday morning worship for lunch. Often she would say, “I don’t know what we are having, but come on. We won’t go hungry.” Sometimes it would be a simple sandwich, sometimes a quick soup, or maybe eggs and biscuits. But what I learned from her is that the menu didn’t matter as much as the fellowship. So, thanks, Olive, for this affirmation of the importance of simple hospitality.

    • Olive Wagar says:

      Good point, Rachel. Showing hospitality is not about everything being fancy and perfect. Your friend wisely knew what was most important!!

  • Mev says:

    Well, Olive, I can say from personal experience that you are a wonderful hostess! We really enjoyed spending time with you. And for anyone else who is reading this post, you should know that Olive’s home is so comfortable and well-kept and inviting and homey–she really knows what she is talking about when it comes to organization!

    • Olive Wagar says:

      Thanks for letting me know your travel plans, Mev! I was delighted to have the opportunity to share my home with your family.

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