Amidst the desires for oversized sweaters and long-awaited pumpkin spiced lattes, September also marks the recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. This 30-day celebration begins on the 15th and commemorates the independence of several countries within the Latin American region. For years, Hispanic countries have endured numerous wars to reach this point of freedom, making today a great milestone within their culture.
With this in mind, if there is anything I’ve learned from the energetic leading ladies in my own world, it’s that Hispanic women are quite the culture setters and community influencers. With a persevering vigor for life, they have set the standard over the years for being top-notch homemakers and nurturing innovators. Across the many titles they undertake, hostess is a name that is congruent with the realms of their hospitable culture. They transmit energy and pleasure for the little things in life; they also offer their time to sacrifice for the good of others.
By opening their home and presenting a place for people to belong, they continue to inspire the creation of valuable memories and intentional living. While influencing the warm ambiance of their homes, they’ve also pioneered some of the best hostess-ing tactics.
Here are a few to note:
There’s a seat at the table for all.
A common Hispanic saying is mi casa es su casa. This timeless phrase accurately describes their attitude towards friends — both new and old. Hispanic women view their home as a safe haven for all to come and experience the warmth of a family environment. Their culture is grounded on the idea that there’s always enough food and conversation for one more person at the table. While we all come from different backgrounds and unique circumstances, there is power in coming together for a meal. These women teach us to eliminate discrimination and embrace community — because, after all, we need to be surrounded by one another. We can learn a thing or two when we allow for stories to be shared rather than conflicts.
Serve others first with excellence.
There is absolutely no room for mediocrity and plain tactics. As they cook relentlessly for their families, they make sure dinner guests are served first and make sure to listen out for the needs of their esteemed guests. Only the best linens within the house are placed over the dining table, while the freshest cuisine is handcrafted from scratch. Through a refreshing friendliness, every person who walks through the door is treated as nothing less of a king or a queen. When Hispanic women execute something, they give it their one hundred percent effort in hopes of impacting whoever may be at the receiving end.
Give attention to the details.
From fresh flowers to a clean house, Hispanic women go out of their way to prepare a detailed presentation for dinner guests. They find innovative ways to personalize their home. Whether it’s a handmade placemat or name card on the table, guests immediately see the woman’s personality incorporated into any gathering. With intentionality, Hispanic women have taught us to value the details. Beautifully, the details reflect the magnitude of care the hostess has put into her guest’s experience. They also remember to add a touch of heritage to the overall experience. To keep the atmosphere relaxing and vibrant, they display some of the most unique historical relics from their native heritage and play their favorite salsa mixes to lift up the mood.
With the sincere love in their hearts, Hispanic people continue to live out these valuable examples. As we immerse into this month’s cultural celebration, let’s be sure to observe the generosity and warmth of the Latin-American community.
What cues do you take from the different cultures around you?
Images via Beth Cath