They skeptically asked as I was planning my new dining room.
Of course, I answered.
It was the look I wanted and I had no fear about what may or may not become their ultimate demise.
Are you sure the kids can come with us to dinner?
They wondered, offering to leave them at home with a sitter.
Absolutely, I responded.
Nothing I own is more valuable than time spent with loved ones.
Uh oh, I spilled a little something, how can I make it up to you?
Not at all, it’s really not that big of a deal!
I’ve lived in my home for 11 years now and my love for entertaining has only grown in that time. I’m blessed with my space and truly want to share it with people!
Not too long ago, I had some family over for dinner and at the end of the evening, someone had a mishap. A bottle of red wine was knocked over and it sprayed tiny red droplets across two of my white dining room chairs. He was MORTIFIED and so apologetic. We quickly mopped up the mess and worked to ensure that none spilled onto the carpet. I didn’t react harshly, but instead told him I wasn’t freaked out. I’m not sure if he believed me because at the end of the night he honestly asked if he could make recompense, to which I said no way.
What I’ve learned from hostessing is that we can’t let mishaps allow us to react in anger…but rather, we must reassure our guests that they are welcome even when accidents happen.
Are my chairs ruined? Yes Will it cost me money to replace them? Yes But that cost is small compared to a damaged relationship…and that’s not anything I’m willing to risk.
How do you respond to mishaps in your home? Do you have a similar philosophy?