Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, American Thanksgiving is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner. Festive occasions mean time with friends and family, visiting, playing out traditions and sharing meals. In the midst of all the activity it can be easy to forget about the behind-the-scene efforts that come into play to make celebrations like this happen. Whether you’re host to just a few or a house full, there is an extensive list of details that need to be taken care of. Grocery shopping, clean sheets on beds for overnight guests, setting the perfect table, planning meals and maybe even creating a signature cocktail.
Although you wouldn’t trade any of it, it is a lot of work and when your guests go the extra mile to thank you it feels good and it is appreciated.
So the next time you are a guest somewhere, whether for a meal or an entire weekend be classy, be sincere, show gratitude and be sure to thank the host/hostess.
Here are our tips on how to be a grateful guest.
- Never show up empty handed. Even when the host insists you don’t bring a thing take a bottle of wine and a thank you card. This really is social graces 101. A bouquet of flowers or a small box of chocolates are also good alternatives.
- If you’ve been invited to someone’s home for a weekend, treat them to a meal outside the house. This can be a brunch, lunch or dinner. For the host this a breather from planning, cooking and cleaning up after at least one meal.
- 2-3 days after the weekend send a handwritten thank you note in the mail. Not only will this put a smile on the hosts face when they receive it, but it will also take them right back to the special time you spent together.
But perhaps most importantly, put down your iPads, iPods and iPhones and be present in the time you are together with your friends and family. Because a guest who is in the moment, enjoying the fruits of the hosts labour really is the best kind of guest hands down.