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Hospitality filled Holiday

Today’s post is one of my favorite things I’ve written about in a long while and the blogging friends I have gathered to join me make it even more special!

We are talking HOSPITALITY today!

Particularly…how to have a Hospitality filled Holiday!

All of the bloggers will be linked up at the bottom of the post so be sure to click over!!

Hospitality filled Holidays-At Home with The Barkers

 

If you are like me you spend many hours preparing for the holiday season.

Preparing food, cleaning the house, decorating, cleaning the house, making plans, cleaning the house…really, how does a house stay so messy??

Preparing our heart and home for a Hospitality filled Holiday allows us to be present, in the moment with the people we love. It’s what I long for!

Our home should be shared! What’s fun is a well decorated room with laughter with family and friends?

Hospitality filled Holidays-Home is meant to be shared

Of course I don’t want to invite our friends and family over to a messy house and serve them gold fish BUT I don’t want all of the preparation to hinder us so much that we don’t invite anyone over at all.  I think we should all be able to find time to be with others. Talking, Sharing, Loving!

These 3 tips will make it much easier to enjoy time with others.  I love having people over but what I love more is enjoying my time with them. Let’s cut to the core of it and make it simple!

Be alright with NOT having a perfect house!

I have to admit I am guilty of this BUT do not start a new home decor project the day before you are to have guest.  SERIOUSLY, stop it! The week before you plan to have guests over should be spent just cleaning up.  I don’t mean spring cleaning either.  I mean do the laundry, clean the toilets, vacuum.  Don’t wait/procrastinate and get all of the cleaning done the morning of your gathering. Make a list and do something each day.

Hospitality filled Holiday has no perfect homes, The Nester Quote

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Use ready made ingredients!

Seriously, Sandra Lee is my favorite lady with her semi-homemade recipes.  Don’t try to make an entire menu of food from recipes that take forever.  For instance, I love to take store bought brownie bites and “embellish” them.  I have seen the brownie bites at the bakery of most grocery stores but I like to buy them at Sam’s.  Then you can add different things to them.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar, drizzle with chocolate, caramel or butterscotch syrup, nuts, mini chocolate chips, crushed peppermints, etc.  No baking involved and they makes a great looking platter.

Hospitality filled Holidays-Brownie Bites

Hospitality filled Holidays with  semi homemade food

Accept others offer to help or bring something!

Almost always when you invite others over they ask, “can I bring anything?”  SAY YES!! Of course, you don’t want to give them the big important things but any help is just that help.  Plus, this usually makes your guest feel important and included.

I hope this inspires you to stop a moment and think about what you are missing out on by letting too much business to enter your life that you miss out on the important things.  Now go invite some friends over, you will be so glad you did.

***yesterday I shared my home with 26 friends and family to celebrate my sisters birthday, I made soup, served the brownies, let others bring desserts and closed the door to the rooms that were a mess!

Hospitality filled Holiday with Family

For all of you who are decorating early so that you can enjoy your Holiday season by hosting others in your home, here are a few of my Christmas decorating post to get you inspired!

17 Christmas Mantels to Inspire

DIY Drop Cloth Christmas Stockings

Pottery Barn Inspired Christmas Sign

 

Now it’s time to head over and visit my friends.

Thistlewood Farms

StoneGable

Daisy Mae Belle

The White Buffalo Styling Co.

Finding Home

 

Jade Pro Signature

14 Comments

  1. :LOVE the picture of your fun family Sonya! What great tips. It really gets us off the hook for thinking our home have to be perfect to have guests! Thanks so much for including me in this wonderful tour!

    1. Thanks Yvonne!! Can you believe this is just my immediate family?! AND one sister wasn’t here. My dad, step mom, Mom, brothers, sister, BIL, SIL, nieces and nephews!!

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  3. Such simple and smart ideas – thanks so much for inviting me to be part of this fun group! Happy Thanksgiving sweet lady!

    1. It’s always best to keep it simple, we usually complicate things for ourselves. Thanks for joining us, Happy Thanksgiving to you to!

  4. GREAT post! So true! In this world of Pinterest, we all feel like we have to put on grand productions to have people over and by doing so, we miss the joy of having people into our homes! LOVE your simple and practical ideas! Thanks for including me in this great series! Life to the full! Melissa

    1. Thanks Melissa! I would have people over weekly if I could, I just love it.

  5. Great post Sonya. What use is a beautiful, clean, decorated home without relationships? I’m such a “Martha” I have to try really hard to let it go and enjoy building relationships!

    1. I have gotten better at this over the years Pat! It’s all about being intentional. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

  6. Love this so much! I agree…hospitality is about being intentional. 🙂

    Have an amazing Thanksgiving and thanks so much for including me!

    karianne

    1. You are welcome here anytime my friend! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  7. Cheryl Geary says:

    Thank You Thank You Thank You! If I hadn’t seen the Brownie idea I would have put a lot of stress and time into stressing and be stressed because I would have had to pray and ask God to please please invent just another day so I can bake for my family and friends, now instead of being STRESSED I will turn it around and have DESSERTS and relax, enjoy and take it all in. (notice my play on words.) 🙂

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