Fran­cis’s key host­ing tips

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - Feature -

Al­ways have a few ex­tra small gifts be­cause you never know... It could be a lit­tle hand cream or bar of soap, and uni­sex. For young­sters, I al­ways have nice books.

Make sure your guest room is well stocked. Have wa­ter and sec­ondly a lit­tle flower. It doesn’t have to be a bou­quet but it’s nice that some­one took the care to do it. A nice soap is es­sen­tial, and so are fluffy tow­els.

In­volve chil­dren and make them part of the Christ­mas scene by let­ting them help with dec­o­ra­tions.

Have thank-you cards so that chil­dren learn to say thank you. If Granny gets them a teddy bear, they then write a lit­tle thank-you note.

A small ges­ture can mean a lot to a per­son. If you know one of your neigh­bours is on her own, in­vite her in.

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