Entertaining: And The Art of Giving Directions

Entertaining: And The Art of Giving Directions

Beth Zeigler
Nov 19, 2009

111909door-05.jpgWhen I entertain, I always go the extra mile when giving directions to my home. If guests plan their route with the assistance of a web source, they will no doubt be sent over incredibly steep, 'Frisco-style hills. These gargantuan inclines often strike fear in the hearts of first-time visitors (plus they get folks lost)--this is where good directions come into play.

Giving good directions is also helpful to guests who may be running late and will only further get frustrated if they wound up getting lost.

  • Whether invites are sent via Evite, Paperless Post or email, always be sure to include a link to a map with your address. Because Map Quest and Google Maps may give incorrect directions to your house, try to offer an alternate route from a nearby main street.
  • If the soiree is super formal and fancy invites are sent via snail mail, it's also helpful to include a small map of the destination for folks to carry the day of the big event.
  • Point out landmarks. Let guests know if there's a gas station or coffee shop to signify a turning point (especially if the street sign is hidden or hard to read).
  • Be aware of construction or detours happening in your area and relay that important information to your guests.
  • Share details about the parking situation. If street parking is slim, you might want to let invitees know that carpooling is suggested. Also, if a permit is required it might be helpful to recommend neighboring streets to avoid potential tickets.
  • Describe your home's surroundings. Is there a security gate? Will the address be hard to make out in the dark? Can guests count on seeing a white picket fence to guide the way? Again, the more information shared, the better.

What are some other things that you would throw into the mix when giving guests directions to your home?

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