How to be a Gracious Guest

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use. -Emily Post

It’s November!

In addition to the clocks falling back and the nip in the air, November means Thanksgiving. And Thanksgiving means gatherings.

There is nothing more wonderful than a house full of people you love, everyone coming together to celebrate and give thanks. If you find yourself on the visiting side of the equation this year, be sure you add to the warmth of the occasion by remembering a few good guest edicts:

Be generous in deed and spirit.


Bring your hosts a thoughtful gift. Treat them to dinner or an evening out. Offer to help with meals and clean-up. Inject helpfulness into your visit in any way that you can.

Step lightly and easily.


Be flexible and pay attention to the rhythm of your host's lives. Aim to meld as seamlessly as you can by bringing whatever you will need, keeping your space tidy and stepping out to provide occasional downtime.

Beautifully crafted stationery from Mr. Boddington

Be effusive in your thanks.


For the invitation. For the hospitality. For the memory-making. Verbally and in written form, give thanks to your hosts for opening up their home and hearts.

And lastly, enjoy your stay.

Stationery pictured courtesy of Mr. Boddington

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