Guidelines for Hostesses Members of Laurel Garden Club have expressed an interest in guidelines for the food, beverages, etc., provided by the hostesses for our meetings. Please understand, these are only suggestions. Each hostess can do more or less or be as creative as she is inclined. What follows is a list of suggestions from several members. Hostesses should arrive at the meeting early to help the house hostess set up, if necessary, and to set out refreshments before the membership arrives. ey should also plan to stay later to help with clean up. Hostesses should coordinate this timing with the house hostess, or if the meeting is somewhere else (i.e., PAC), they need to make sure they understand how to get in, how to clean up, close up, etc. What is usually needed as far as food and beverages:
• Small paper plates and napkins • One savory platter of nger foods (not sweet, such as quiche or sandwiches, etc.) • One sweet platter of nger foods (such as cookies, brownies, etc.) • One fresh platter of finger foods (such as fruit and cheese, or veggies and dip, etc.) • One hot beverage and one cold. It is customary for the house hostess to provide the beverages, including cups (paper or otherwise). When the meeting is held somewhere else, a specific hostess should be responsible for the beverages and cups. Members have found that one large pot of coffee is usually enough, especially if the option of making another exists. Members also enjoy hot cider instead of coffee, approximately one gallon. • Cold beverages can be as simple as ice water or fruit juice.
The hostess whose name is marked with an asterisk (*) in the membership book is the coordinating hostess. Her duties include communicating with the membership chair to determine the total number of expected members and guests and coordinating what each hostess will bring to the meeting. Please remember that if your scheduled time to be a hostess does not work, each person is responsible for exchanging with another hostess.