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Old 08-19-2005, 01:51 AM   #1
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If you have a home where people gather, what do you think makes them come there? Don't let this scare you, if you find yourself at a certain pal's place, tell us what attracts you to that place.

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Old 08-19-2005, 03:52 AM   #2
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Loyal, True, Genuine,Comfortable,Caring atmospheres. A True Friend will do everything possible never to let you down but will let you know if you step out of bounds in a tactful, caring way! One needs to feel welcome most of all ! People are asked what do you have to offer. All I have is Heart plain and simple.
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Old 08-19-2005, 08:42 AM   #3
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Old 08-19-2005, 10:02 AM   #4
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Old 08-19-2005, 10:07 AM   #5
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We certainly don't have a problem having company. Family and friends are here quite often. Yesterday I had a tea for my neighbor, her daughter and 22 month old grandaughter. The most important thing for me is to have everything done ahead so you are enjoying yourself without any other work. We try to keep our home comfortable and clean, but not fussy, interesting but not busy. I suppose what we strive for is homey and hospitable. We have about 50 people out a couple of times a year - and part of it is outside. I try not to have a vast menu, but plenty of what we have and it seems to work.
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Old 08-19-2005, 12:45 PM   #6
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My parents home used to be the gathering place for all of my friends, and I learned from her how to entertain.

Rule #1 - Put out lots of food and drink. Serve the first round, then tell everyone to help themselves, and remind them as needed.

Rule #2 - Mingle and laugh. If the hostess is having fun, so is everyone else.

Rule #3 - DON'T CLEAN UP WHILE YOUR GUESTS ARE THERE! Sit and party with them.

I took to heart what my Mom told me. Keep the house tidy enough to not gross people out when they come over, but untidy enough that they feel comfy putting up their feet and staying for a while.
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Old 08-19-2005, 01:43 PM   #7
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I love entertaining. I think my friends know that and so they feel very welcome.
I try to have almost everything done by the time they arrive but I know a few of my friends really like to help out so, I leave a few things for them to do.

Alex your # 3 rule is right!
I used to clean up while people were still there
and then one night our best friends were here and
I was putting dishes in the dish washer.. Rob came in to the kitchen
and said "what, the dishes are more fun than US??" I'd never really thought
about how cleaning up would make others feel. Now I leave the mess and
enjoy my company.
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Old 08-19-2005, 03:07 PM   #8
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Yes, I wish I could remember who told me that people came to see ME not my clean house. And that a hostess who actually visits with her guests is remembered more than one who has an immaculate kitchen. I tried to karma you pdswife, but I have to spread the love first!
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Old 08-19-2005, 03:14 PM   #9
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I think it was me, Alix. And you told me I could put my feet up on your dog.
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RIIIIGHT!! And I will of course provide the tape roller for you to remove said dog hair as you leave.
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