|Shazza and Me: Not blowing our arses whilst doing the Paris Hilton cross-feet hand-at-side stance|
|Harley, 15, my brother Tony and nephew Finn, 13|
|Second night prep|
|See how American kids eat pizza and watch TV!|
|Dotty girls: my sister Sharon, niece Cecily and friend Lisa|
|See how American kids eat cheetos!|
Sharon told me that our other sister had dropped them off at Auckland airport with the advice: "When you arrive, don't do what Jody does on the first night: she gets really excited, drinks too much and then she can't face anyone the next day." I was about to protest this summation of my behaviour when five other people in the room said: "Bang on! That's exactly what you do Jody!"
So, guests and hosts remember: "Don't blow your arse on the first night."
What did we do with Shazza en famille? Oh I know other people might have taken them to Alcatraz Island, to ride on the Cable Car, walk down the Crooked Street, see the latest modern art at Moma, and so on and so on. Beginners error! Show some imagination people!
What do guests really want? To see how the natives live. Hosts: you and yours will become an anthropological live reality show for your guests. Sharon was lucky enough to do the following tours: Potholes of Oakland! All the kiddies' schools! Grocery shopping at Trader Joes! Driving four hours around my house in the afternoon to sports fields! It was all there.
I aim to send my guests off stunned and hungover (noone said anything about not drinking the second night) which often inspires them to kiss the ground on reaching their final destination. It's a win-win.
What hosting technique do you employ?
LOL! You and your sister are too adorable!! Your mom must have taught you both about style, because you both are so chic! I agree, let guests see how you live and be yourself! I do like to show them local places I like to visit often, parks, etc.ReplyDelete
Oh, they'll be back!ReplyDelete
Looks like more laughing arse's off ! and that is the addiction which keeps families tight. :-)
Oh you are soooo my sister........ReplyDelete
Everyone looks extremely happy, so your technique must be working.ReplyDelete
Or. Maybe there were some cheaters on the ruleDelete
Everyone looks wonderful & they sound marvellous as well, so sweet!! I hope you have a great weekend xxReplyDelete
Love that expression 'Don't blow your arse on the first night' I'm going to adopt that one ... cos it's something I'm always guilty of. What's that about being older and wiser? Pah!ReplyDelete
p.s. you family is beautifil, as is the cheetos!ReplyDelete
LOL that is exactly what I do too - go way overboard on the first night then feel like death for the rest of the weekend:) After 20 odd years of partying I still haven't learned this lesson so thanks for reiterating it:) LOVE the photo of the kids with pizza - my daughter is the only child I know that won't eat it. I can't imaging how hard it is with family all the way in NZ - it's tough for me and they are only across the Atlantic....xxReplyDelete
Hilarious! Yes I do this too so now I have a new mantra, I will not blow my arse the first night!ReplyDelete
I think the real tour of Oakland sounds way more fun.
Going 'native' is certainly the more adventurous way to host ... that's what my family does. Whether I'm visiting my sister in NZ or she's here in the states visiting me. That's why I fly 20+ hours (from NY) to NZ!ReplyDelete
'Blow your arse' is that a NZ term equivalent to the UK one 'ratarsed?' you sound like the perfect host. My hostessing tip is keep a steady stream of G&Ts coming. Come vote for me in my Expat Culture shock compReplyDelete
Yes, another technical terms might be "mulleted"Delete
Voted for you tooDelete
Oh what an excellent advise! But I am afraid I would just be waiting for the second night ;) You guys look so stinking cute I have this in the la la land smile plastered on my face as I read, I am glad I am not in a public space.ReplyDelete
Hehe! I love the photo: prep for the second night. Good advice actually re the first night! I usually get really excited like a puppy to have guests then get really disappointed by my guests' jetlag which prevents them from celebrating their arrival that night--but I can see now how that must have saved me many a time...ReplyDelete
Great advice! and what a gorgeous family.ReplyDelete
We once had a guest at our beach place who kept looking around for the glamorous night life she'd been reading about. Since neither Himself nor I is a famous movie or tv person, she was disappointed and we drank. Oh did we drink.
I am totally stealing that line! You and your clan sound like a blast to hang out with. (Love your sister's red pants, by the way)ReplyDelete
LOL good advice indeedReplyDelete
Wait until they leave your feed
Then get them good and drunk
So you don't have to smell their morning funk haha
And you both can wakeDelete
To the aftermath of last night's shake
and the clink of bottles galore
being taken out to the recyclore
Don't listen to The Cat for I know he blows his butt for a living. ;)Delete
hysterical .... what? you are just really excited to see them right!!???? ha ha ha ....love your posts!ReplyDelete
Yes! So excited I hit the turps a little too hard!Delete
Wonderful advice. Especially for sisters and people who understand our souls. Much better than touring Alcatraz!ReplyDelete
Though I sometimes say 'It's not a party until you find champagne corks in the pool'. Something about the excitement of hosting....I've been known to forget the risotto on the stove because dancing and drinking wine with friends seemed like such a bigger priority.ReplyDelete
Love this post!! I'll party at your place anyday!
Love that pictureDelete
I never realised that when overseas guests are staying they think I'm a native; I am with you on the drinking and getting over excited - I talk too much and too fast then spend the second day apologising!ReplyDelete
Yes Jay....you're a native Norfolker (?)Delete
Well, dang it, I just realized that you live in SanFran and could have met you back in March when I visited. I hooked up with another online friend I made about 10 years ago. :DReplyDelete
Good words to live by, your sister's. ;)
Oh I would have lOVEF to have seen you Rose. We live in Oakland just 15 mins across the bridge.Delete
That's LOVED which doesn't normally have an "f" in it...Delete
You obviously had a good time. I don't think anyone could do it better than you.ReplyDelete
And what is "hosting technique"? Does that have something to do with entertaining visitors? Letting them into your Bear Den? We don't do that. Way too complicated a process.
Blessings and Bear hugs!
That's one "technique!"Delete
I LIKE YOUR WAY!SO, SORRY FOR THE WAY WE EAT PIZZA!ReplyDelete
I'm so coming to visit you.ReplyDelete
Such a charming family.ReplyDelete
I take guests on the school run, we live a fast life here.ReplyDelete
To be honest - I think you're doing it perfectly correctly! I must try it myself.ReplyDelete
Jody, Your sister and kids are adorable. How lucky the kids are similar ages. There's nothing like cousins. Well, your sis got a glimpse of what you do everyday, but sometimes it's just nice to be together. You are so right about drinking too much the first night! My brother and I always do this. We are just so excited, drink too much and can't shut up. Our spouses hate it! Hope you had a fun time!ReplyDelete
Hahahah--- I love this advice! Why didn't anyone tell me about it in my 20s?!ReplyDelete
What hosting technique do I employ? Well, whenever I invite people for lunch or dinner, I make sure our 8-feet table looks like it belongs in a fairy tale. Beautiful china and cutlery, good wines and sparkle, everything prepped to perfection as if to say, 'You're important. Welcome.' I love it. Then, of course, I don't act all fake but show a real interest in what my guests are saying and what they like. In a nutshell, it's all about them and less about me. :)ReplyDelete
Wow. it's like looking in a hosting mirror pour moi.Delete