Monday, December 18, 2017

Large Family Hospitality - Part 2

1 Peter 4:8-10
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  Use hospitality one to another without grudging.   As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

 Last time I shared about Hospitality and briefly talked about some time tested tips that help me.  Today I would like to share some practical tips that have helped me and I hope helps you too.

*A Few Weeks Before Company is Arriving*

A few weeks before company is due to arrive, I like to sit down and make a menu plan of what we would like to serve/eat for the time the company is to be here.  I also check with the other family in regards to any allergies that may need to be taken into account.  {As an allergy mom myself, I know how hard it is anyway to keep allergies at bay at home, much less away from home.}

I also like to plan a simple agenda on what might be of interest and low cost for all of us to do together.  Game night, local interesting places, or a picnic may be on the docket.  Or just a walk around the lake or through the woods.

*The Week Before*

I like to make a list of all that needs to be put together, cleaned up, or reorganized and begin working on those lists.  I also take my menu plan and make the grocery list for it.  This sometimes takes a whole week, but many hands make light work and the work is worth it in the end.  Some ideas of things that may need to be done at this time:
  • cleaning out drawers or cabinets that may need some attention
  • deep cleaning the room where guests will be sleeping (especially if it is a child's room)
  • deep cleaning the bathroom (which also gets done the day before or the day of depending on arrival times)
  • any other deep cleaning that may need done or touched up areas that need it
*The Day Before Arrival*

This is when I like to grocery shop and prepare any food that may need to be prepped before hand.  Also, we like to have the laundry completed as much as we are able by this day.  We will also quick clean the house, with every one doing their regular chores. 

*The Day of Arrival*

Coordinate airport trips to pick them up or just waiting for them to arrive.  I also like to change the sheets on the beds, fluff the pillows and put out a welcome gift for the people arriving.  Most of my welcome gifts are very simple in nature and involve candy in a mason jar with a little note of welcome. LOL!


Here are a few things I have done over the years to make life easier for us here at home while we have company.
I have every day dishes.....
 and a bunch of mismatched dishes that mostly match (they are all white with a speck of gold around the edges, but not the same pattern or maker) we will use these instead of buying paper plates, foam plates or other disposable dishes.  Now, the only exception is cups.  I never can keep enough cups/glasses for the household, much less company.  We didn't spend a lot on these dishes with most of them being bought at Big Lots or thrift stores

I have a plastic container that is shoebox size that I put extra silverware in that I pull down and wash and use, along with our regular daily use ones.  These were bought here or there and some we inherited when my husband's mother passed away.

We have been purchasing towels and wash cloths at Sams Club recently because our personal stash has become worn out.  They lasted a very long time because we got them 12 years ago when we bought our house as a house warming gift from our friends.  You need a lot of towels when you have company for some reason!  Our washer rolls and rolls constantly when we have overnight guests!
I like to leave the extra pillows on the beds at all times. We have two extra on our own bed and our children's beds each have two pillows on the twin beds and the full size beds have four to five.  Of course, our children don't sleep on all of these usually, they are for "decoration" purposes but they come in handy when guests are here.

When it comes to sleeping arrangements, we have people everywhere!  Literally.  I try to give guests the beds and our children sleep on cots or couches.  They love it!!  We have four twin and two double/full size beds.  We have two pack and plays.  Two cots and a baby crib.  Two sleeping mats as well we can use.  I do have bedding for all the beds.  We have two sofas and a loveseat for sleeping as well.

Okay, maybe that is too much info for you and you are thinking to yourself, "Well, I don't have any of that stuff so I can't possibly host anyone, ever..."  That is not true.  We didn't start out about 7 years ago with all of this stuff, we have just collected and tried to make priorities for hospitality for our family.  It all boils down to what *your family* is comfortable doing.

  I hope I have encouraged you.

Hebrews 13:1-3
Let brotherly love continue.  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body."

You can read part 1 here.


  1. It's always fun when family come over! Thank you for sharing these tips, I definitely will be using them in the future.

  2. We love to practice hospitality, too! You've got good tips here.

  3. Yes! It's all about starting early and planning ahead, breaking large tasks up into do-able chunks! Thanks for sharing your method!

  4. It's a lot of work, but fun and exciting! We are getting used to small family gatherings since we've moved far away from home. Thanks for the tips, tricks and ideas!I hope your family gatherings and visits have been full of merry and memory-making.

  5. How wonderful you have family around at Christmas! THanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!