Apparently I'm not alone: a friend of mine is hosting her own "crafternoon" next Saturday, and several other friends have already sent emails about upcoming dinner parties and get-togethers. Are you hosting this month? If so, what's on your calendar?
Years ago, some friends of mine who couldn't make it home for the holidays started a Christmas Eve gathering they dubbed "Orphan Christmas." The party consisted of a potluck dinner, charades, and plenty of holiday punch. Every year, those from the friend group who can't make it back East still gather to celebrate together.Are you hosting a gathering for friends today? Perhaps you're hosting the entire extended family? Let me know all of the details of your hosting situation this year!
Let's face it: the employees at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (and their respective better halves) know how to party. When it comes to pouring a Scotch on the rocks midday or getting the suburban home prêt for guests, Mad Men is a prime example for all of us hosts. I've scoured season four for the best tips and decorating ideas, in hopes that we too might have a swingin' '60s-style holiday party this year. With these eight must haves, you'll be well on your way to being the next Betty Draper.
- I think for one meal, definitely, yes. Maybe even two. At least, that's my opinion. But for all? That's a bit much. After one to two meals, it's taking advantage. Guests who are staying over should factor in food and activities expenses into their trip. Just because they've paid to come see you doesn't mean you have to foot the bill. — bigestivediscuit
- When I go visit my friends, especially who live in vacation destinations like Hawaii, LA, or New York, I feel like I should pick up the tabs (and usually do) because they are the ones hosting me... — onlysourcherry
- You ever heard how you should deny someone's offer at least three times before accepting? Even if you both know how it's going to end, I guess the struggle is a way of acknowledging the grand gesture. — Anonymous
- I could see paying for dinner that first night, but otherwise I wouldn't. — amber512
- I'd pay for a couple of meals, but I doubt I'd pay for anything else unless it was a special occasion like a birthday. — Kellanawida
What camp are you in? Share your vote on the original post.
An overnight guest usually only requires a soft place to rest their head and a clean spot to wash up, but take your hosting skills a step further by welcoming them with a little treat. I've got a list of my immediate family and close friends' favorite confections, and whenever they're staying at my pad for the night, I always leave a bag of their favorite goodies on the bed waiting for them.
If I'm feeling extra ambitious, I'll wrap it up in something pretty with a tag that says, "Welcome." For everyone else whose sweet spot I don't have noted, I'll just put out an artisan chocolate candy bar or something most folks will enjoy. It's a simple gesture, but it goes a long way toward making visitors feel welcome.
When I asked him about it, he replied that he thought it was the right thing to do, since they had paid for plane tickets to come and see him. While I understand the logic to some degree, I've never expected a friend hosting me to cover meals during my stay. If they're cooking at home, fine, but otherwise, I usually split meals out. On some occasions, I'll treat the host as a thank you for letting me stay, but I don't anticipate having my expenses covered. Tell me, what's your take — if you're hosting, are you also treating?