According to Kris: Hospitality never goes out of style

By Kris James

Happy Wednesday Stylers! The Fourth of July is tomorrow and I know some of my Stylers are preparing for a fabulous holiday. In addition to looking good, some of us love to be the hostess with the mostess. I know as a guest we show up to our friends or family homes ready to have a great time but in reality, it just doesn’t happen overnight. That is, unless you’re last minute like me and wait to the day before to decide to have a gathering. Needless to say, a lot of work goes into entertaining and it’s not all as glamorous as the end results.

At a young age, our parents taught us the importance of Southern hospitality. Everything from no elbows at the table to sending out thank you cards for gifts you received. Our manners are a part of our southern DNA. So it’s only right that when we are guests at someone’s home for dinner or a gathering we must choose to bring the host a gift. Not an expensive gift, but something to show our friends that we appreciate them for opening their home to us. The most thoughtful gift doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive.

I’m sure a few of us are wondering “When do I need to bring a host gift?” If you dine with close friends frequently, there’s no need to bother or stress. If it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or shower bring a gift for the honoree. When you’re the guest of honor bring a gift to your host or hostess before the party. It shows that you appreciate them. After the party sending a thank you card is never a bad idea. When you’re a visiting guest either bring a gift or send one. The plan is not to break the bank but your gift should be sincere, thoughtful and personal. And of course, never show up to a holiday party empty-handed. That’s a major NO NO!

Wine, flowers, food and small items for the house make great host gifts. If you decide to bring flowers, bring them in a simple vase or offer to put them in water when you arrive so that it’s one less thing your host will have to arrange. When bringing wine don’t expect your host to serve it that evening. It’s a gift for them, so it’s not to be shared with everyone. Bringing food is okay but only when asked to. Nothing is more stressful to a host then being put on the spot. Try to figure out a way to make your dish work with the menu.

From a friend’s lake house to a backyard barbeque or simply hanging out at someone’s home, remember to bring a gift that’s thoughtful to leave a great impression with any host. It takes a lot of work to host a great party, so why settle on a bottle of wine or flowers when it comes to showing your host or hostess some love. I have selected a few stylish but affordable thank you gifts that will make any host happy.

“Hospitality is somthing that needs to be practiced and valued, especially in todays hurting culture.”- Unknown