We love to host guests! When those guests are from out of town, it can put the pressure on to make sure they enjoy their time away from home. You’ve cooked and cleaned, but what else can you do to make your out of town guests feel at home?
I’ve always heard that hosting is an art (albeit a dying one). It’s so important to make sure those who are “living” with you for a few days feel comfortable and enjoy themselves. Make your guest room feel a little more like home by providing everyday items for the bedroom and bathroom.
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How to be the Best Hostess for Overnight Guests
When guests arrive at your home, they are more than likely whooped from their travels and want nothing more than to relax. Give them the grand tour, then let them settle in and freshen up from their journey.
Here’s a big tip: Don’t make your guests ask for anything. Show them where they can find extra towels, how to maneuver tricky light switches and whatever else they might need to know.
5 Tips to Make Your Overnight Guests Feel at Home
Everything is nice and tidy. Plans and reservations are on the calendar. What else is left?
Add a few finishing touches with the tips below and you will be hostess of the year!
1. Provide Bedding and Toiletry Necessities
Crisp linens and fresh towels feel so luxurious and really make guests feel welcome. Place fresh towels and washcloths in the guest bathroom. Bonus points if they match!
Add a basket in the guest bathroom with body wash, shampoo, toothbrushes, and anything else they may need. Make sure you have extra towels and washcloths easily accessible.
Pro tip: Keep an extra hair dryer underneath the sink to free up space in the suitcase.
Take extra care to wash the bedding a day or two before your guests arrive to keep the sheets crisp. Freshly washed sheets always make a welcome that much warmer and a rest much more restful.
Don’t forget to add a few extra blankets at the foot of the bed, or store them in a pretty chest.
2. Add Small Luxuries
Lightly scented candles like vanilla or fresh linen are comforting additions to your guest room. Place the candle on a pretty mirrored tray surrounded with small dishes to hold your guests’ jewelry, keys and other small loose items.
Spa robes are an excellent way to up the luxury for your guests. Take away the awkwardness of racing from the bathroom to the bedroom in a towel! Wrapped up in these bad boys, your guests will thank you.
3. Goodies for the Guests
If your guests are early birds or night owls, a basket of snacks can serve a dual purpose. Small snacks like a few granola bars, pretzels or even something sweet, will make a guest feel less awkward about searching for snacks early in the morning or late at night.
If you have one to spare, put a coffee maker in the room with everything they’ll need for a great cup of coffee. Early birds who do not wish to disturb you will appreciate the gesture.
4. Provide Space for Luggage
Nothing is worse than living out of a suitcase – rummaging through a wrinkled bag to find an outfit. Clear out a drawer or two so guests can settle in. Placing an extra dining room chair will also provide a place to put a suitcase or bag.
Make sure your guests know where your ironing board is so they stay feeling their best.
5. Extra Comforts in the Guest Room
Providing relaxing entertainment is a plus for guests with an extended stay. Consider adding a good variety of books and magazines near their bedside table. An Amazon Fire Stick is always a nice touch if there is a television in the room.
We have a separate TV set up in our guest room with a “guest” Netflix account and accessibility to our Amazon Prime account.
There are so many little things you can do to make out of town guests feel at home. Provide a comfortable environment with small luxuries and you are set.