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How to be the Perfect Host

Updated on September 17, 2012

Family Visit

Family Reunion
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Tips for Receiving Guests in Your Home

Sometimes we´re faced with the pleasing surprise of receiving guests at our homes. It must always be pleasurable to have someone visiting you once in while at your home. Playing the host may result a gratifying experience for both, you and your guests; however, having guests at home implies setting aside some of your routinely activities in order to comply with host etiquettes. Having guests at home does not necessarily have to prevent you from continuing with your own life if you set the rules since the very beginning.

In order for the event to be the most pleasurable experience, you must instrument a series of procedures to make this one of the most memorable moments in your life. You may be well prepared for the occasion if you organize a series of activities which will allow you to please your guests and at the same time show them the way in which you manage your time at home. Over time, your guests will be moving at the same rhythm in which you move around in your house, resulting in a harmonious social connivance which will last for a life time.

Show your Guests How you Move Around in your Home

Living Room
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Routine Activities

  • Lunch time: 2:00 P.M.

  • Dinner time 6:00 P.M.

  • Bed time at 10:00 P.M.

  • Organic and inorganic Recycling
  • Pets Should Stay in the Garage

How to Play the Perfect Host

When you receive guests at home, either friends or relatives, you usually want them to feel as if they were at their own home. If you have known each other from a relatively long time, this may result easy because they already know some of your routines, and most commonly, they will try to abide by the way you handle yourself at home, but if your guests happen to be relatively new friends or relatives who do not visit you often, then, it would be a good idea to indicate them how they should handle themselves while in your home.

Set the Home Rules

When your visitors arrive for the first time into your home, they will usually feel uncomfortable or a little hesitant as to how to behave in a different home from theirs. This is natural because they don´t know what´s considered right or wrong in another home. It is up to you to show them the accepted behavior at your home. You can do this by moving around your home, in the same way that they´re expected to move without disturbing your daily lifestyle. For example you can show them that the time for lunch is at 2:00 P.M. or that pets are not allowed into your home. As the days progress, they´ll accept this as home rules, and they´ll be abiding by them.

Playing Activities

Board Games
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Activities to entertain your guests

One Activity Per Day

  • A day at the park
  • Movie time
  • Board game activities

Design a Series of Activities to Entertain your Guests

Even though, you might not include this as part of your set of routinely interests, you may want to implement some activities that may maintain the interest of your guests, as well as to make this a memorable time that you and them will enjoy.

For instance, you may plan an outing to a park, along with sets of playing activities to be played there; you may plan a movie gathering, showing them a movie which you consider may leave in them a memorable experience such as a documentary or a survival story; or you may prepare a series of board game activities for all ages in the event there are children among your guests.

Depending on the guests you receive at home, you may think about activities that involve children, youngsters and adults. Even pets may be included in the activities if you use your imagination.

The Perfect Dinner Party

Dinner Party
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Plan a Farewell Dinner Party

After a few days, although your visitors will have accustomed themselves to your daily moves at home, they will be worn down by the hustle and bustle of social gatherings, and they will also be missing their own environment and the kind of living they´re accustomed to. Prepare a dinner party for the day before your guests’ departure. During the dinner party, you may engage them to talk about their experience away from their home and the most memorable moments at your home, but don´t talk about a second visit, as you don´t want this to occur in the following week.

Typically, when one has guests at home, they won´t stay longer than three days, unless they come to live with you. Therefore, the set of activities included here are just a few ideas that will keep them amused while they´re in your home. You may think of some more if you expect among your visitors children or even pets. If you succeed at maintaining your guests amused for a lapse time of three days in a row without disturbing your own lifestyle, you may be well prepared to play the host for future friends or family gatherings at your home.

Depending on the days in which you are going to host people at your home, you can think of more activities to keep them entertained, as well as yourself. I´ve had people at my home for one week and I have had to use my imagination in order to make those days as pleasant as possible for them and for me.

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