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My husband and I are a young, growing, Christian, military family. My husband is a Captain in The United States Marine Corps. I am a former Elementary school teacher. We are first time parents to a beautiful little two year old boy, with twin boys on the way! I am a stay at home Marine wife, who loves to bake, cook, sew and craft! I enjoy being a Domestic Engineer. The purpose of this blog is to document the story of our life and adventures as they take place.


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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Jingle Jingle Jingle & How To Be A Holiday Hostess With The Mostess



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

•Invite clearly

•Be ready ahead of time

•Be consistent

•Be prepared

•Remain calm

•Be welcoming

•Be the spark

•Be mindful

•Be the leader

•Make a toast

•Be appreciative

Contingency Plans

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





Jingle Jingle Jingle . . .


My Mom bought Robbie this adorable little Christmas Sing-A- Long video. I'm not one who believes in allowing children, (especially babies) to watch too much television. I don't feel it is right to make the television "parent" a child by plopping he or she in front of it for hours watching mindless cartoons.
We allow Robbie one short 25 minute video a day (of either a Praise Baby DVD or now, this Christmas DVD). I love this little sing-a-long so much! Do you remember watching the old Claymation Christmas cartoons from the early 1960's? You know, the cartoons with Rudolph and Frosty.

Well, this little Christmas movie is 30 minutes long, it shows clips of songs from each of those old popular cartoons. It also has  the words so you can sing with them. I sit with Robbie and sing along at the top of my lungs to each song. ha ha I think I might like this DVD even more than him. :)


 Here are some pics of our little man bouncing to his Christmas songs!
    


   






Blessing,

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