I am delighted when we have guests. I keep the house in pretty good order most of the time, so there is little preparation beyond putting out clean towels in the guest bathrooms and picking up some of the clutter in my study.
One of my favorite aspects of having company is in planning the menus. I love to cook and I especially love to cook regional favorites. So I put a lot of planning into the menus, coordinating the meals with the snacks and making desserts.
So why am I so out of kilter this morning? Not because we are having guests tomorrow. It's because my husband is the one communicating with them. (Although I have met them, they are his friends from work.) So I'll have to be more "flexible" in my menu choices. A few questions my husband failed to ask: Are you coming in time for lunch? Or will you be here in time for dinner? Or will you be coming later than dinner?
So I decided to forego big plans. It's been warm here. So I'm making a fruited chicken salad and some deviled eggs. That, along with some fancy slices of turkey breast, raw veggies, cheese and fruits will be the menu the day they arrive. If they are here for lunch, we'll have smaller portions. I have pork chops in case they are here for both lunch (chicken salad) and dinner. If they are arriving later for dinner, I'll have larger servings of the chicken salad and will bake some yeast rolls I have in the freezer.
Ordinarily my husband is good at communication, but typically the coordination with arriving guests is my responsibility and he just doesn't understand what a hostess needs to know. Next time I'll take charge and talk to them in person.
Regarding communication...here are some signs I found on Huffington Post. No credit was given to the photographers.