@CanadianHost: No, have never been in sales (I don’t do rejection well). : )
It is definitely a different animal being an off-site host rather than on-site. There’s no interpersonal connection other than through emails so unless the guest’s personality comes through in their writing skills, they are just entities to me.
If I had my druthers, I would be an on-site host, though not under the same roof. I don’t want to hear conversations or movement and I wouldn’t want anyone poking around in my living quarters.
A few hosts here prepare lovely spreads of breakfast items. What appeals to me is to prepare a reception table for guests in the late afternoon. There would be a tray of cheese, fruit, crackers and a spread and perhaps a couple types of finger sandwiches. (I love doing finger foods.) It would just be a modest pre-dinner offering. A complimentary (small) glass of wine would round it out. I’m not interested in socializing with guests so the table would be set up for self-serve. There would be a sign inviting guests to help themselves which usually guarantees everything will be consumed. Yep, that’s what I would like to do.
I can dream…