Meet my Guest:
Tracey from Notes from A Cottage Industry
Tracey and I connected years ago through her blog, Notes from A Cottage Industry. Tracey shares wonderful crafting ideas and inspiring stories - like cupcake giving - on her blog, and she's such a beautiful person. You have to check her blog out.
Cupcake giving has become a way of life for Tracey. Like this Bunko party!
What I love about hospitality is that it can be so simple.
As simple as a cupcake.
Here's Tracey's story ...
It’s common practice to take a small hostess gift when attending a party or visiting friends out of town, but we often forget about the opportunity to show folks we care when we are at work.
Sure, there are a couple of times of the year when we are reminded to do something nice, like the Hallmark holidays known as Secretary or Boss Day, (if we have seen a commercial to remind us!) but, think about how nice a co-worker would feel if, sometime, out of the blue, they were treated to a bit of hospitality…just because.
Teachers have this idea down to a science. They even have a name for it. They draw names at the beginning of the year for something they call “Secret Pals”. Oh, how I love this concept!
I love it for two reasons; first of all, it’s anonymous. You don’t pick your Secret Pal. Instead, names are drawn from a hat, and that encourages everyone to take a closer look at someone they might not necessarily know as well, so that they might surprise them with little treats that will delight them throughout the school year. Second, it encourages hospitality. They surprise each other with little treats at unexpected times, not simply Christmas and Teacher’s Week.
I am a fanatical cupcake baker, and about once a month I bring in cupcakes for my coworkers at the bank…just because. It brings a smile to everyone’s face each and every time I do it. (After all, no one can be uncheered by a cupcake!)
Now, maybe you’re not a cupcake baker. How tickled would someone you work with be, say, the day they return to work after a vacation or a business trip, to find a “Welcome Back!” banner or simple sign made on a piece of computer paper, taped to their computer monitor? It’s all about making people feel special, and it doesn’t have to cost a dime.
What little thing can you do this week, to make some one’s day?