Last night we had our first staying guest at our new rental in Cape Town. Our friend Sylvia has been part of our Repurposing Business (rep) programs in Cape Town and also attended my first Heartistry Experience in South Africa, so Brett and I both know her well. It was a joy to have her in our home.
Check out our Heartistry blog Simple Tips to Make Staying Guests Feel Welcome for some practical ideas. I am in a furnished condo, so am making use of what I can find to make my guest feel as comfortable as possible.
Setting a small tray next to the bed and adding a note of welcome is so easy to do and helps the guest know that thought was put into preparing a place for them.
Sylvia is the owner of Special Events and Trouvrou and she is highly sought after to set elaborate tables for very fancy events. I know I can't compete with what she does, but I still wanted to make my table look attractive as I know she loves pretty things. Since the view from our windows is of the ocean, I chose a beach scene. These lovely serviettes (that is what they are called in South Africa) actually say Cape of Good Hope on them and have a map of Africa, so they are just perfect. I added a mini tea-light candle and a beautiful shell at each place setting. A simple napkin/serviette can be used so effectively when offering hospitality. Check out 10 Uses for Napkins other than Wiping your Mouth!
Sylvia arrived with a gift for me that proved she really knows me and loves me! I am SO excited by the beautiful cake stand in my color and the serviettes that came in an exquisite bag! The bag even matched the guest room!
A cake stand is one of the most useful items when one wants to make an ordinary meal or event more of a celebration. I gathered some of my best ideas to share in the blog, How to Decorate with a Cake Stand.
This morning we enjoyed a typical South African breakfast and then said goodbye to our guest. Spending time together is such a precious gift and I am so thankful that I am able to have guests in my home. After a quick clean-up, I went for a morning walk on the beach and expressed my gratitude for all my blessings.
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