Hospitality is the relationship between guest and host, or the act or practice of being hospitable. Specifically, this includes the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. This is the definition according to Wikipedia. There is nothing mentioned about a beautiful home, perfect setting or a table that is set for a Country Living Magazine spread.
Not that there is anything wrong with all of those things. I like beautiful things and am really inspired by it. I think that sometimes we see those magazine spreads or perfect blog post and feel like what we have to offer isn't enough. I know that I have issues with that.
Lets face it not all of us, actually most of us, don't live in big, beautiful homes. We live in modest, cozy places. Life is sometimes busy and we don't have time to plan the perfect place setting. I know that there are times that I let the comparison game start to make me feel like I don't measure up. When that happens I am less likely to be hospitable.
Recently we had the opportunity to host a couple over. It was spontaneous. The week had been busy, the house was clean and I just didn't feel like going to lots of fuss that I would then need to clean up.
We used our finest china.
Served out of our best serving dishes.
Served simple fare of BLT's, deviled eggs, veggies and a variety of pickles. I used what I had on hand. The lunch invite was extended at 10 and lunch was served at noon.
I didn't go to a lot of fuss and you know what... no one seemed to mind. I understand how easy it is to get caught up in being perfect. This afternoon served as a great reminder of what true hospitality is.
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!