I’m Naomi. You name it, I’ve hosted it. From growing up in NYC, to my Atlanta home, to my Nantucket home, I’ve been hosting my entire life. An employment lawyer and mediator by trade, corporate spouse, mother, and non-profit volunteer, I entertain. I’ve hosted small dinners, over-the-top parties, showers, charity events, business functions, holidays, family gatherings, and overnight houseguests. Most Guests are amazing, but some bring a suitcase packed full of a whole lot of crazy. I’ve learned the hard way that planning, preparation, and pacing myself are key to being a Gracious Host – so my brand of crazy stays in the drawer. Being a Gracious Host and a Gracious Guest are skills. They can be learned! That’s why we’re here. This blog is a roadmap for both Hosts and Guests.
Gracious Guest – Being a Gracious Guest does not depend on your upbringing, age, job, or bank account. Whether it’s a dinner guest, party guest, or overnight guest, it’s hard to predict who will be tame and who will be feral. I learned fast that owning a house in Nantucket translates into an unpaid gig running a B&B. I’ve experienced self-invited guests, buying food for an Army, cooking three meals a day, horrendous bathroom habits, spilled red wine, stained sheets and towels, being the chauffer, the tour guide, guests that are slobs, hundreds of loads of laundry, Guests who drink every drop of wine and liquor and contribute nothing, and much, much more. You’ll find tips on being a Gracious Guest, so you’ll get invited back.
Gracious Host – It’s taken me years and way too many moments of insanity to learn how to entertain. My friends and family also love to entertain and we share ideas, plates, chairs, you name it. You’ll find plenty of tips on how to be a Gracious Host, regardless of the size of your home or budget, tips on making Guests feel welcome, pacing yourself and enjoying your Guests, party planning strategies, budget friendly and crowd pleasing recipes, tips on the endless laundry and bed making, table settings and décor, entertaining family and kids, and how to set boundaries without sounding like a control freak, and much more.