For me hospitality is about helping my guests to feel comfortable and loved. That goes for even the smallest guest. One couple in our small group adopted a precious daughter from China last fall. She is now seventeen months old. She is the newest member of our small group. She is small but active. She cruises around our living room from person to person doing our discussion time–taking an occasional time out to sit next to her mama on the couch.
Now that she is a regular attender I needed to make a few adjustments to the gathering space so she and her parents can be comfortable and relax.
As you can see in the picture below, I cleared off the coffee table decorations and covered it with a tablecloth to give little Maeve a place to play. The faux fireplace was switched out for a few of our kids’ old toys. The candy dish was moved to the end table. What a delight to make a few accommodations so Maeve could play and have fun. We are all immensely blessed to watch her run around the coffee table.
I threw my decorating efforts into the dining room table where the refreshments are served. I found the inspiration for this on Pinterest (of course!) and used pieces I own. I cut the ivy from our yard. Gene found the “shed” (a deer antler that fell off in the woods) while walking with his twin brother on his farm. I love it!
We had the best time last night! Little Maeve delighted us all. The Word of God was taught. Everyone enjoyed cake, cookies, and decaf. It was a wonderful time together—the first since my time off for surgery.
One last thing—I will be doing less-is-more decorating more often since our first grandchild is due in August! We can’t wait!
I’d love for you to share ways you’ve made accommodations to make sure all your guests are comfy in your home.
Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who empowers women with the confidence to live their calling. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, IL.