There are a few simple key things to hospitality, that make it true, easy, and fun!
1. Always be ready and keep it simple. I always keep certain things in handy places (salt, pepper, napkins, etc. etc.) in order to make eating an easy and fun event whether it's just me and my hubby, or a big crowd of people.
2. Keep a clean house daily, but don't strive for perfect. Everyone feels comfortable in a clean house, but few-to-none feel comfortable in a "perfect" house (where it feels like they can mess something up when they visit you --- no one can truly relax that way).
Three: When a guest arrives, ALWAYS make it about them and their comfort, NOT about you or your house. In other words, don't start unnecessarily apologizing because there are dishes in the sink, for example --- instead, give your guest a drink and ask them how THEY are doing. While it is nice to keep the sink dish-free as much as possible, your guests are not so worried about whether or not you've caught up on your dishes (especially when you are taking genuine interest in talking with them and serving them).
4 (four): When time permits, it's fun to fancy it up a bit and set the table nicely, depending on the number of guests you have. However, if making everything really nice before guests come is stressing you and your family out, it's really not worth getting fancy. In that case, definitely return to keeping it simple!
1. Cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests.
2. An instance of cordial and generous treatment of guests.