March 23, 2010

Preppin’ for a Pop-In

Posted in musings, recommendations tagged , , , at 12:14 pm by silversprung

A last-minute text message. A phantom doorbell ring. Even a head peeking out from behind the front door left ajar… It’s the pop-in!

You know — the “pop-in”: The last-minute visit during which the visitor sees the house, makes small talk, has one or two drinks, and promptly exits so you can get back to unpacking. The last week and a half of pop-ins have been some of the best surprises we’ve had since moving in.

Though a good pop-in guest never makes him or herself a burden, I’ve found it’s a pretty good idea to have some things on hand anyway to offer visitors.1. Cold beer, wine, or liquor

2. Clean glasses

3. Snack foods: chips and dip, crackers and cheese, a little charcuterie

4. Seating! (We only got the hang of this last weekend.) And a clear space to put said snacks and drinks.

5. A restroom — No one will fault you for having your robe and toiletries on the bathroom floor while you’re unpacking, but keep one tidy for guests so they don’t have to look at your old socks.

If you’ve got all of this in place, the next time the doorbell rings, you’ll be good to go.

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