As I prepare for an exciting weekend get-away, I have been thinking about how to be a gracious houseguest. Whether visiting family and friends or new people you have never met before, it is always important to have your manners. Here are a few tips on how you can make a great impression on your host(s):
- When staying with someone for the weekend, take a host/hostess gift.
- It does not have to be an extravagant gift, it can be something simple. A few examples are: a bouquet of flowers, a potted plant, a set of decorated cocktail napkins in a cute napkin holder, a pretty hand-towel, or a favorite baked good/snack for everyone to enjoy.
- Lend a hand! Although your host will most likely tell you to relax and enjoy yourself, it is still important to offer your help.
- When your host is prepping meals, ask how you can help (set the table, fill drink glasses, food prep, etc.)
- After ever meal, assist in clearing the table (unless it is a formal meal… I will cover that in a future post!)
- Tidy up the bathroom you have been using
- Make the bed at the end of your stay (or even strip the sheets if the host will be doing the wash when you leave)
- If you are visiting adults (your parents, elderly relatives, in-laws, significant other’s parents/grandparents) be sure to:
- Say “Please” and “Thank You.” These are still magic words!
- Say “Pardon Me?” Do NOT say, “What?” or “Huh?”
- Say “Yes, Sir/Ma’am” and “No, Sir/Ma’am”
- If you need to get up during a conversation or meal say, “Excuse me for a moment.” You do not need to explain where you are going (i.e. the restroom)
- If you are expecting a phone call or message at a certain time during a planned activity or meal, let your host/hostess know ahead of time when you will be excusing yourself so they are not surprised by your extended absence.
- Write a handwritten thank you note when you get home.
- Use a pretty card or personal stationary
- Send it within three days of returning home
I hope these tips come in handy on your next traveling adventure! If you have questions about any of these tips or something I did not mention, please leave a comment! I love hearing from my readers!
Happy Labor Day! Be safe and enjoy the long weekend!