How to be a Holiday Hostess With The Mostess
|Jacqueline Kennedy 1950's Dinner Party|
"The art to being a good host combines qualities like cordiality, hospitality, warmth, charm, and graciousness. Being a good host isn’t all that difficult, but it does take forethought, practice, and a little talent for multitasking. The most important thing is to make your guests feel comfortable and welcome".
Things Every Good Hostess Should Know . . .
•Plan a guest list of congenial, compatible people
•Be ready ahead of time
•Be the spark
•Be the leader
•Make a toast
What To Do When . . .
Some guests are late
Wait 15 minutes, then start without them.
A guest breaks or spills something
Smooth over the incident and clean it up quickly. The guest should apologize and offer to pay for damages—but if he doesn’t, chalk it up to the cost of entertaining a less-than-considerate guest.
A guest makes an ethnic slur or an offensive joke
Interrupt and change the subject, or ask for his help in another room, where you can tell him that his off-color jokes or remarks are making others uncomfortable. Be sure to apologize privately to anyone who might have been offended.
Unexpected guests show up at your door
Greet them graciously and do your best to include them. Set extra places at the table if possible (even if your place settings aren’t an exact match). If all else fails, eat on laps in the living room.
A guest has had too much to drink
Cut off the alcohol and take away the car keys. Offer him a place to sleep for the night or drive him home yourself.
There’s not enough food
Plate the food, using smaller portions of what’s short and larger ones of what’s in good supply. Augment the salad, and add bread if possible. Signal “FHB” (Family Hold Back) to family members.
Dinner is overcooked, undercooked, or an otherwise complete disaster
Laugh and order pizza
How To Set Your Holiday Table
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