Good heavens, these weeks are going by fast, aren’t they? I’m a little giddy about this weekend because my sweet and beautiful friend JESSICA is coming to visit with her husband and pup (who is coincidentally the apple of General Gazpacho’s eye) and the thought of being in their company again for a couple days just brings big smiles to my face. And hey-o, they will be our first overnight guests here in Philly!
Setting up their room to feel like a little home-away-from-home got me thinking about beautiful posts and tips I’ve seen over the years about how to be an attentive, generous, yet easy-going host. Because when you find a good friend who is with you through the thick and thin, encourages you in life and work, can sometimes finish your sentences, and is always up for another glass of champagne with you, you want to roll out the red carpet and make them feel pampered, no?
While I’d like to have a large, beautiful handwoven basket stuffed to the brim of organic and exotic face care and body lotions, fresh chocolate dipped strawberries and Fiji water bottles, and never worn sherpa lined slippers awaiting them aside their bed, I am but a twenty-something lady on a shoe-string budget…so I have to keep it real and think about the do-able essentials that show a bit of care and thoughtfulness.
For me? Those essentials mean some bedside reads, a calming candle, a comfy blanket, and some fresh snipped (read: free) blooms. I can make that happen, right?
Let me know if I’m forgetting something, and what makes you feel special when you are a guest at a friend’s pad! AND, if you are a fellow Philadelphia dweller, please leave a note on what we should check out — a favorite restaurant, park, shopping spot, anything. I’d love to hear.