Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekend Wisdom: I Like the Way the Greeks Do It

Having been the guest in homes outside the U.S., I know that different locations and cultures have what they consider to be proper guest etiquette. I try to take my cues from my hosts, but sometimes you just don't know what to give your host as a thank you gift for having you in their home, whether it be for a meal or for a few days.

Huffington Post to the rescue!

Photo of Aglaonema from my book, Indoor Plant Décor: The Design
Stylebook for Houseplants

A cut flower bouquet is always in good taste for your host, now matter where you live, but in Greece, a potted plant is a common gift.

Despina Trivoli, HuffPost Greece's Head of Life and Culture says, "The most usual gifts include alcohol, dessert (cake is very popular) or plants." Flowers in general are welcome, but usually potted plants are preferable -- something that will be able to grow in a balcony or garden.

I like that.


Lisa Greenbow said...

This time of year I do bring along a plant for those that I know will appreciate it. Great idea.

Beth @ PlantPostings said...

Good to know! Hope I get to Greece someday, and if I have a host I'll now know to take along a potted plant. Thanks!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I like that too Kylee...potted plants last so much longer although some of my non-gardening friends would prefer the cake or wine. I'll have to drop hints for the potted plants to come my way.

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