I’d like to welcome my special friend and guest to RE today. Coryanne is the author of Housewife Bliss, staff writer for Celebrations.com, special contributor to The Daily Meal and has appeared on number of radio and TV shows sharing her passion for domesticity. We are teaming up together for a Memorial Day project later this month, but for now she has some great “guest book” tips for us. I started a guest book 5 years ago, but have I been very good at keeping it up? That’s another story For now …
… here’s Coryanne …
The spring holidays are upon us: guests are ringing door bells, hostesses are clicking their heels and before we know it, the merriment will pass and the memories of those festive spring celebrations will fade….unless you have a guest book on hand to collect them.
Call me a traditionalist, but I adore reading guest books and leaving guest comments. However the tradition of having a guest book in your home disappeared with the milkman. The timeless guest book is a catalogue of your guests name, address, date and commentâ€¦however there are many ways to update this classic memory journal and reintroduce them as a staple of your home celebrations.
Photographs are timeless, but adding another layer to your memories, one that you enjoy upon reflection or share at your next party brings everyone together and keeps your memories alive longer. Here are a few of my favourite guest books that hold the memories that make our house a home:
The creative journalâ€”Perfect for family parties, invite your guests to draw a picture of the gathering, people attending or choose a theme for them to get creative with. It keeps the younger guests entertained and surprisingly, after a few glasses of wine, the older guests get a burst of creative genius too.
The wine journalâ€”Knowing what your guests think of the bottle you shared will help you in decide your wine menu for your next dinner party, and give you a further chance to understand the complexities of wine tasting.
The conversation journalâ€”This acts as a great ice-breaker and really opens up the conversation when you are entertaining a group of guests who are newly acquainted. Pass the journal around and ask people to capture quotes from the evening.
The joke journalâ€”Great for cocktail parties, encourage your guests to note down their favorite joke in the book, everyone will love sharing new entries and reading past ones.
The recipe journalâ€”Great for coffee mornings or casual luncheons with friends, encourage your guests to share their favorite recipe. This is the perfect opportunity to not only collect new recipes but allow your guests to share their culinary favorites.
Do you keep a guest book or journal in your house for guests to sign?
Coryanne lives in Arizona with her husband, 3 small children and rather mischievous miniature schnauzer. And that’s a stylish Hip Hostess apron that she’s wearing – so classy! To learn more about Coryanne’s view of domesticity, visit www.housewifebliss.com