Hosting is often a real family event. It is very important that visitors feel the cosiness and warmth of your home and feel comfortable. There are rules of etiquette that save the owners of the house from unnecessary trouble and make it possible to create a real atmosphere of goodwill and hospitality.
Start with the right invitation. You can invite guests to a small family holiday during a regular phone call or in person. Only this should be done in advance, and not on the eve of the event. Most people will take time to make changes to their weekly routine, buy gifts, and just get ready for the visit. If guests are about to take part in a significant event, for example, an anniversary celebration or a wedding, it is better to send a written invitation to everyone.
When inviting guests, inform them of the purpose of the reception and its format. This will allow them to choose the appropriate outfits and will save everyone from misunderstandings. If you only have tea with cakes, then guests can dine in advance to feel comfortable.
Also try to let everyone know who else is invited to the event. For example, it is not always desirable to invite ex-spouses to visit at the same time. In this case, your guest can decide for himself whether it is convenient for him to accept the invitation or if he should politely refuse.
If there are a large number of guests, try to place them at the table correctly and without mistakes. The most honorable place is the place opposite the front door. If only men are present in the company, places of honor are located to the right and left of the owners. To give one of the guests special attention, the host can offer him a seat opposite him.
When placing guests at the table, seat the ladies next to the men. It is better to separate married couples; the only exception is the groom and the bride. Those who are not averse to talking should be seated next to those who are considered good conversationalists. Knowing your guests, their likes and dislikes, it will be easier for you to choose the most suitable place at the table for everyone.
Introduce new people in the company to the assembled guests. Opening doors when new guests appear is the responsibility of the owners of the house. Until all those who come are seated, the owners of the house do not sit down at the table.
When inviting guests to the table, do not be too intrusive. Food should not be offered more than twice. Having mastered, the guests themselves will choose a dish to their liking. The signal for the end of the feast is usually given by the hostess of the house. Remember that polite hosts do not finish their meals before their guests.
When communicating with guests, try to avoid topics that could cause controversy or conflict. It is not customary to discuss issues related to politics or religion in an unfamiliar company. And it is absolutely unacceptable to stoop to gossip about mutual acquaintances. It is best if the guests gathered in your home have common interests. Then communication will be easy and unconstrained, and the evening will bring only pleasant impressions to everyone.
When seeing off guests at the end of the meeting, make sure that they do not confuse their belongings with strangers. If there is a lady among the visitors who does not have a pair, it is the owner's duty to provide a guide for her.