The Wel­come Mat

Food & Drink - - COMBINATION CELEBRATION -

The first few min­utes spent re­ceiv­ing your guests set the tone for warm hospi­tal­ity. Make it seam­less with these wel­com­ing tips for hosts.

Greet each guest at the door, look them in the eye, hug them. You might not get to chat with ev­ery­one, so give a guest your un­di­vided at­ten­tion upon ar­rival.

Por­ta­ble coat and shoe racks are in­ex­pen­sive, and of­ten col­lapse for stor­age: placed in a foyer or hall­way, they keep the door clear.

Avoid rum­mag­ing through a coat-heaped bed by re­mov­ing fam­ily items from en­try hooks, closet, mud­room or foyer, clear­ing them for guest use.

If you have a no-shoe house, tell guests in ad­vance so they can wear ap­pro­pri­ate hosiery or bring slip­pers. A bas­ket of slip­pers at the door for guests to help them­selves is also a nice touch.

Set the ta­ble the day be­fore, so you have one less thing to stress or worry about.

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