Cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests; the definition of hospitality. Do you know someone who is the essence of hospitality? Someone whose greeting as you enter their front door shares welcome and a generous spirit? Such a hostess makes guests feel welcome and well-cared for as soon as they enter the front door. Their home home is warm and inviting. Fragrant scents waft through their kitchen to the far reaches of their home and gracious hospitality is registered there.
In her book, The Spirit of Loveliness, Emile Barnes talks about the spirit of the kitchen. She says that whatever the season, it takes so little to make room for the warm, comforting spirit of the kitchen in our everyday lives. According to Emilie, setting a pretty breakfast table or food bar with placemats sends out good signals. Sharing secrets and concerns over tea, dinner, or the dishes helps us draw closer in love to one another. If you take the time to nurture it, the spirit of loveliness can rest in every cupboard and every countertop, transforming your life and your home with delicious warmth.
Emilie has found this secret to hospitality's essence. May we also find the spirit of the kitchen and its hospitality in our daily lives.