It has been two years since Squirrel Girl took the plunge and decided to open up shop. What they say is true - time flies when you’re having fun! Sure we have had moments of stress, indecision, disappointment and the unexpected, but mostly we have just had plain old fun! What an absolute blessing to get to work behind the scenes with your pride and joy.
Adding to my behind the scenes undertakings, I’ve decide to “speak” directly to those who love all things Local Squirrel. So, what to speak on first - how about something near and dear to my heart - other than my family that is - hospitality! I dearly love having people over to my home. I really do enjoy all the preparations and planning. I mean who doesn’t love a good theme party, right?
Recently, through a delightful book I read called The Turquoise Table, I was reminded how easy it is to confuse hospitality and entertaining. When I entertain my friends and family I generally make a pretty detailed check list of all the things I need to do for the event. I plan the menu, table settings, background music, when to light the candles, what to clean, (what to hide) and just generally how the event will flow. I even get out all my serving pieces in advance and place them where needed with sticky notes attached, labeling what will go inside. Now all these things can be helpful for the perfect affair, but what should really be at the top of my check list is the actual people. The number one “to do” should be how can I engage them so they feel loved on, in my home? After time spent at my home will they be glad they did so? Will they be refreshed? When I keep the focus on the folks, they walk away feeling connected - and don’t we all enjoy feeling wanted and like we belong?
Demonstrating hospitality can come through a well planned event if “people remain the purpose” or through a simple gesture of kindness such as inviting your neighbor who is passing by to sit on your porch steps, have a bottle of water and catch up. Both demonstrate hospitality and say welcome, I’m so glad to know you!