We all have lovely dreams of owning a lakeside cottage where we could escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Of course, not all of us end up with that dream cottage …but we do sometimes end up with friends who have cottages! And even better, generous friends who invite us up to stay at their cottage on the weekend for drinks, swimming (if the water isn't freezing cold!), boating, and BBQing.
But, although the etiquette rules for being a good guest might seem like common sense, you wouldn't believe how many times I have seen someone shatter them all. You don't want to be that guest horror story your friend relays every time they explain why they don't invite people to their cottage anymore.
1. Bring a gift.
Simple, yes? If you're staying for 3 nights, don't bring a $10 bottle of wine. Don't give something that is an obvious re-gift. Take a little time, and put some thought into it, and include a nice thank you card. Something like these chic (and environmentally friendly!) tea towels would be a great thoughtful hostess gift. Being a host can be stressful sometimes and involves a lot of time and energy - so they deserve a big, grateful thank you!
2. Help Out
The host isn't there to be your cook or cleaner. So offer a helping hand to cook dinner or clean up after. Don't worry, you can return to suntanning after!
3. Don't Bring Surprise Guests
Self explanatory - don't bring that new boyfriend unless you've asked the host first (even if he is really cute!)
4. Keep it Low Maintenance
Everyone has their own unique needs, and it is important for you to feel comfortable. Sometimes a host can accommodate those needs, but when the visiting group gets bigger, it becomes harder to accommodate everyone. If you need a special pillow to sleep, perhaps bring your own from home. If you're a vegetarian, on a special diet, or are gluten free, ask the host if anyone else visiting has similar dietary restrictions and maybe bring your favourite brand of veggie burgers for them and yourself to share.
It's Canada Day weekend! So have fun, and celebrate this wonderful country!
Here's a little good ol' Canadian humour just for fun:
As usual, thank you Pinterest for the laughs
Story of my life. That red line haunts me in my sleep.
If you're in Toronto this weekend, you probably know that not only is it Canada Day Weekend but also Pride! This HUGE event will have people from all around the world parading through the streets wearing bright colours to celebrate freedom of expression for all sexualities. It's a great event, and brings amazing energy to the city. I'm thinking that this might be a good occasion to test out my new sparkly eyeshadow - i'll be festive and make it colourful!
If we're discussing important events this weekend, we can't forget about one of my favourite events of this summer...Friday night, mark it on your calendars!
Have a great weekend! How are you spending your long weekend?