In 1 Timothy 5:10, we read about how the widow who was worthy to be helped needed to be “well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.” Showing hospitality is listed with showing kindness and bringing up children so clearly it’s an important quality that we can all be working on.
In another example, Romans 12:13 includes “seeking to show hospitality” in a long list of Christian attributes. Showing hospitality by extending your home to others is an excellent way to really connect on a personal level and to show how much you care.
You can show hospitality in many ways, but I’m going to share a quick idea that also keeps with our monthly organization theme and will have you ready to serve last minute guests.
This simple Warm Beverage Station was definitely Pinterest inspired. You can do a quick “hot chocolate bar” search and you’ll see all kinds of ideas for how to organize one and what kind of goodies to include. The best thing about it is that you can leave it set up all winter to be enjoyed by family and friends.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to set up a beverage station. I used a tiered basket that I’ve had for years and a set of $8 canning jars, dressed up with a little ribbon. You can make this as simple or elaborate as you want. However, I’ve found that most people prefer the basic mix-ins like marshmallows and creamers.
I included Russian tea, hot chocolate and coffee in mine, but you could add cider and other flavored teas. If you have a Keurig, it would be super simple to add all kinds of beverages.
If you want to expand this idea of being ready for last minute guests, keep a ready to serve pie or cookies in the freezer. You could also keep a roll of cookie dough in the fridge at all times, but that would be dangerous at my house. 🙂
To read more about how I set up my beverage station and get an amazing, highly addictive Russian Tea Mix recipe visit my blog, Imitation by Design.
Jennifer is a wife to Alan and mommy to 2 young boys. She stays at home most of the time, but also helps with the family business. She is a member of the R:16 team and blogs about her favorite recipes at Imitation by Design.