November 15, 2013   by
How to Be a Good Host when the Chama Comes to Your House

How to Be a Good Host when the Chama Comes to Your House

Having The Chama come to your house is fun and all, but not for them if you’re a bad host. Being a good host and making them feel welcome is important for a good time together. Here’s how to be a good hostess:

Welcome them in.

When they arrive smile, and say “hi”, then let them come in. Be polite and friendly, and make sure to ask them how they are.

Let them know where the bathroom is.

If it is the first time at your house give them a house tour to let them know where everything is.

Offer them a drink.

They might be a bit thirsty so to carry out the politeness offer them a drink. Make sure you have a selection of drinks such as water, orange juice, apple juice, coke, yoghurt, etc. Always have fresh, clean water on hand, and make sure all cups and glasses are clean for your friend to drink out of.

Offer them a snack.

Have a small platter set up for your Chama friends and you. Some good snacks include:

  • Crisps
  • Sausages
  • Cake
  • Biscuits

Plan your menu.

What type of foods will you serve? Consider what you can prepare ahead of time. Ideas include a selection of tasty sandwiches, scones and sweets, a special salad, and fruit.

  • Make sure you have an appropriate supply of tea ware, including teacups, saucers, teapots and infusers, along with spoons and forks, small plates, and cloth napkins.
  • You also will need a plate of lemon wedges, a container full of packets of sweeteners, and servers for honey and whole milk.
  • Set a lovely table. For hosting the Chama, use your best tea service and add a flower centerpiece. Yellow roses signify friendship and match any décor. Decorate your table to match your theme.
  • Above all, try to keep things simple because, as hostess, you want to enjoy yourself, too. Planning will keep your efforts to a minimum is a good idea, so you can focus on your guests and enjoy their company.

Other preparations

  • Dust or sweep the floors if needed. Before anyone arrives, bring in chairs from your dining room so everyone has a place to sit, and arrange the chairs in a circle.
  • Turn off the TV or stereo before anyone arrives and leave it off.
  • Refuse to answer the phone if it rings during the meeting.
  • Make sure the guest bathroom has an extra roll of toilet paper in plain sight and that you remove all matches candles, toothbrushes, and medicines.

Keep Chama meetings fresh

To keep at home Chama meetings fresh, here are some guidelines to follow.

  • A healthy Chama does not meet in the same home month after month, year after year. Move the meeting around a little by informing the leader you cannot host more than three times per year.
  • Invite and expect other group members to help you host the meeting.

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