Now that we are in the warmer months, this is the time of the year that folks like to “drop in” and spend some time just gabbing. Sitting outside and enjoying each others company is one of the best parts of summer!
I grew up where it was common practice to always offer guests something to drink or eat. It was just an automatic thing. I have never even thought of NOT offering. It is second nature.
I know there are so many amazing foodie bloggers, home makeovers with gorgeous perfect homes and bloggers sharing their beautiful items or porches/yards out there with us all. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. LOL But, since I am The Thrifty Groove, I wanted to share some quick, easy and inexpensive hostess options.
Are you ready for some thrifty hostess tips?
First thing to always remember is, your guests are coming to visit you! Not your house and not for some over the top food and drinks or beautiful expensive serving pieces! They want to spend time with you! I used to have this real need to do everything perfectly. And I generally set myself up to feel inferior, just not good enough. Guess what happened with that attitude? I missed out on a lot of fun times and memories with friends and family!
In this post I thought I would talk about drinks.
We rarely have pop or cocktail fixins in the house so, that is never even a thought to me. Coffee & Tea, both hot or iced, are the normal things I have available. I try to keep lemonade of some sort on hand during the summer as well. However, a pretty pitcher of iced water is totally acceptable! I am a huge water drinker anyway and so are most people I know especially during the summer.
For me, the key is using special or pretty glassware and servers. I am a thrifter so, I always have fun kitchenware. It is my favorite thing to thrift!
And one of my favorites is my hobnail pitcher and glass set.
If you happen to have lemons, limes or cucumbers handy, slice them up and serve with iced water.
Or for me, since I grow herbs, I always have different fresh mints handy. Ta Da, instant special touch to the iced water.
Iced tea is in my fridge from about April until September since I brew almost 5 gallons every evening for the Farmers Markets.
Serve something as simple as iced tea in fun stemware. It just makes the whole visit feel special.
Using fun bright colors always sets a happy mood!
Why not surprise your guest with something unexpected?
Use a silly whimsical teapot to start a fun conversation when serving hot tea or hot coffee.
It will instantly bring a smile to your guests.
And don’t forget a pretty freshly cut vase of flowers always makes a table special. I didn’t have any of these beautiful Shasta Daisies but, I am lucky to have a friend who does! Katie from The Garden Hoard supplied these sweet daisies. Thank you Katie!
Everything here was either thrifted or free. So, don’t let not having the perfect, matching or expensive serving items stop you from making friends and family feel special when they visit. Just adding extra freebie or thrifted touches make serving something as simple as iced water fun.
Next post in this series, I will tackle having some simple and thrifted sweet treats to serve to guests.