Last night, like thousands of other households across the nation (if not the world), we invited our closest friends to share in some food, spirits and to watch history unfold on 92" of glorious high definition (ack, can we say too much makeup on all the pundits?). It was a fun-filled evening of friendship and a whole lot of deliciously bad-for-us food (pizza, Squirt, champagne and Funyons anyone?). It also reminded us entertaining, despite all the hard work and preparation that goes into having people over, is one of the most fulfilling aspects of making a house a home. But when we do invite, we do lay down some house rules that we ask all to follow upon crossing through that front doorway...When entertaining we ask that guests do not smoke inside our home, and politely step outside if the desire arises. We also ask that everyone take off their shoes upon entering and leave them in the stairway entry. And finally, we just ask visitors to not leave any of the doors open, since our cats are strictly indoors, and we wouldn't want them sneaking out or another feline sneaking in (which has happened). Other than that, visitors are free to breakdance, rearrange my toy collection (okay, maybe just infants and children), and relax/snoop to their heart's content.
We've been in some households where there are a variety of house rules in effect: keeping voices at a minimum at all times, having to always carry and use coasters, guests asked not to bring children, no drinks while sitting on furniture or ontop of specific rugs/flooring. All valid worries manifested into enforced rules of the house, though it can be a damper for some (especially those who liked to get a bit tipsy-nipsy Russell in the house). How about you? Do you have specific "house rules" that you make sure to enforce with guests? Any memorable situations where rules were broken?