You know the old saying, what smells after three days, right? The old adage answer is fish and house guests !!! However, there are certain things a house guest can do that will endear him/her to the host and guarantee a favorable impression!
Being a good guest comes with experience and little details in behavior are certainly skills that can be acquired along the way.
One of the most thoughtful gestures is bringing a hostess gift. I had house guests over Labor Day weekend and boy did they spoil me with a fabby hostess gift! It was a Lily Pulitzer tray (in my favorite color combo, no doubt). On the tray were monogrammed cocktail napkins, a darling pitcher and a lovely book, THE ART OF THE VISIT by Kathy Bertone. I was over the moon about the present and it set the entire tone of the visit !! Bringing a little present to your host is symbolic of what good manners are all about; honoring others through your words and actions. Bringing a thoughtful gift to your host is the act of saying the words THANK YOU!
The possibilities of hostess gifts are endless, but here are some tried and true staples:
Bottle of wine, interesting book about a subject the host is interested, candles, box of chocolates, plant or flowers, hand towels, soaps, picture frames ~ all of these could be brought to the guest as you arrive or sent after the visit ~