A Home Song
by Henry Van Dyke
I read within a poet's book
A word that starred the page:
"Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage!"
Yes, that is true; and something more
You'll find, where'er you roam,
That marble floors and gilded walls
Can never make a home.
But every house where Love abides,
And Friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home-sweet-home:
For there the heart can rest.
Home Gifts: Hand care
Give your host a hand with a luxurious hand cream, a soap dispenser with moisturizing soap and a couple of rubber gloves and a note saying "Entertaining guests like us can be a handful - thank you for having us!".
Food: Cheese to please
A pretty wooden cheeseboard with some delicious cheeses and a cheese knife make a wonderful hospitality gift. Add a touch of humor with a little note saying "A cheesy gift for fabulous friends!".
A simple yet meaningful gift idea for a host or hostess is a fresh pineapple. This tropical fruit is the ultimate symbol of hospitality. Mark down your best wishes on little labels ("Health", "Happiness", etc.) and attach them to the fruit. Alternatively, you could opt for pineapple-themed home accessories, like napkins with a pineapple print or a pineapple-shaped cookie jar.
For a rich man the finest role in the world is that of host.
To order and conduct a dinner is given only to fine gastronomes, of delicate and cultivated tastes; an able host is as rare as a good cook.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
May your troubles be less, And your blessing be more. And nothing but happiness, Come through your door.