be my guest {the ritual of welcome}…

welcoming guests to our home is something we’ve had a lot of practise at over the years, and we’re about to get a little more with two new arrivals this week…

truth be told, i enjoy the anticipation of making someone feel welcome in my home…
and over the years i’ve honed my welcome-wagon technique to a fine art: ruling out the excesses {no, you don’t really need to offer fifteen types of tea and seven biscuit options} & streamlining the preparation process to the essentials {my essentials}…

so, whether our guests are here for a night or a fortnight, my top seven rituals of welcome apply…

one: spring clean…
{even in the middle of winter}
this is a great excuse to throw open the windows, get some air circulating & clear out the cobwebs {literally}

two: make some room…
i try to give guests a little space that’s exclusively theirs so they can truly feel at home to unpack & unwind…
{i concede, it’s not always possible to allocate a whole room or even a whole cupboard to guests, but a cubby for their luggage or a shelf for their trinkets can make a world of difference}

three: fresh linen…
no ifs or buts, there’s no excuse to skip this step, ever
a freshly-made bed, especially when you’ve been travelling, is like your own little piece of paradise…
nothing fancy schmancy required, just freshly-laundered linen and a layer or two for temperature control {lesson learnt: no two internal thermostats are the same}

four: fresh flowers…
simple, fragrant & always welcoming, any house with fresh flowers feels like home to me & it’s often the simpler arrangements {some sprigs of foliage or a simple bud} that have the biggest impact…

five: towels & toiletries…
ok, maybe this is where i lose a few of you, but i do try to have to hand individual soaps and shampoos so my guests can freshen up after a long journey without the need to pop to the shops first
{that is, i assume they’re all as disorganised as me when it comes to packing those essentials}
and if all else fails, a clean towel or two costs nothing…

six: stock the larder…
you don’t have to break the bank, just stock up on some basics & maybe one or two things you know they love!
but whatever it is you have to offer, do so with love, whole-heartedly & unreservedly…
when i say “be my guest” i truly mean it…

seven: smile & keep the tea coming…
the simple art of taking time for a cuppa & a catch-up truly is the best ritual of welcome you can offer anyone…

images via: style me pretty, sarah klassenniki jonessarah klassensaipuawhat katie atepia jane bijkerk

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