My in-laws came into town last week and oh my goodness, we had a blast! I love them dearly and often refer to them as my "in-loves" but that doesn't mean that there's still not this urge to want to host them, and all of my guests, excellently. This means fresh and matching towels, clean sheets with an extra "fluff' to the pillows, their favorite snacks in the fridge or pantry and a warm scent welcoming them in after the long trip to Alabama.
Growing up, I always had an incredible family that also doubled as fantastic hosts and hostesses. My Mimi always has my favorite baked goods ready to go at any moment that we wanted a "splurge." And when I was younger, she always had the perfect accessories for the tea parties she knew I'd want to throw. My Grandma always made arrangements to have the most fun days planned and goes above and beyond to make sure that my Grandma-time is never forgotten.
As a little girl, I was on the other side of hosting, too. My mom asked would ask me to "make up the bed" and "set the table" and we can never forget the last minute "Turn on the porch lights! Light that candle! Pick up your shoes off of the floor!" to make sure that their arrival was everything they deserve and more.
This was never a stressful thing for me, however. Having and hosting guests was something I always looked forward to and luckily, it followed me into adulthood and this new precious place I happen to be living, Birmingham, Alabama.
The clean towels, fresh sheets, gifts, and snacks come naturally so I'm wanting to share all my tips and secrets with you!