With so many people traveling for the “final” weekend of summer, 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.
You do not want the meme above to ring true for experience so 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 another post!)
- Tidy up the bathroom you have been using
- Make the bed at the end of your stay (or even strip the sheets and place them in the laundry room 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?” Refrain from using, “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!
Happy Labor Day! Be safe and enjoy the long weekend!