Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Large Family Hospitality - Part 1

As the holidays are now in full swing, I thought I would share a little on hospitality.   I love having an open door policy in our home.  I enjoy hosting out of town guests.  You may think our house is huge "with all those kids" or that I must have a guest room and fancy serving items and such put away for guests.  No.  I do not.  We use what we have and make things special.

 Our house has five average sized bedrooms.  Two and a half bathrooms.  It is 3000 square feet and it does get a bit crowded sometimes.  But we make it work.  I am about to share how we do make it work with many people already living here and how we have over-nighters with family and non-family alike.

 Some tips I have found that help me:

1.  Relax and things will go smoothly.
2.  Keep the house clean on an every day basis and when you do have company, they won't feel like they are intruding.  (more on that in another blog post...)
3.  Make lists ahead of time.  Make a meal list and a sleeping arrangement list at the very least.
4.  Teach your children how to behave in front of guests.  They mustn't complain or pester the guests that are sharing their space or toys. They must use their manners as well.
5.  When guests are in your home, make them feel like they are at home.  And like they are a part of your family.  When you have family devotions, invite but don't pressure them to join you.
6.  Be prepared to SERVE and teach your children how to be prepared.  They might call it work, but that is okay.  That is just what it is.  It is work!  But out of that work comes blessings for the guests as well as the hosts.
7.  Make it a family affair.  Don't let your children skip out on their regular chores just because you have guests in!
8.  Don't be embarrassed about your stuff.  If it is good enough for you and your family, it is good enough for the queen of England!
9.  Don't plan elaborate meals or activities.  Basic is good.  And sometimes, guests just want to visit and rest or they have their own agenda for their time in your area.  Be flexible.
10. Be flexible.  Be flexible.  Be flexible.  Now is not the time for rigorous schedule or over all house changes.  You cannot regulate what will happen sometimes anyway, but especially with guests staying.

 How does this look on a practical basis? I plan to share that in part 2. 


  1. That's quite a list! Good advice when plannign for guests. I confess that your second point is the most difficult for me. With extra projects and activities we tend to let the house chores slip a bit. Thanks for the encouragement to keep things simple and to focus on others.
    Merry Christmas!

    1. You're welcome. I know how hard it is, which is why I put it there. 😏
      Merry Christmas to you.