Weekend Visitors…How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home
January 20, 2019
It’s so much fun to have close friends or family visit for a weekend get away. Especially if it’s been awhile since you’ve seen them. That’s why when you do finally get the chance to get together, you want to do everything possible to make them feel at home. There are a few simple things you can do to make your guests feel special. To get started, think about what you would want or need if you were staying away from home. Then just go from there.
It’s a good idea to start with the basics…make sure your guest room is clean, airy and has fresh bedding. If you don’t have a guest room, perhaps one of your children could give up their room for your guests. If this isn’t an option, make the area where your guests will stay as private and comfortable as possible.
Next make sure there is plenty of closet and/or drawer space for your guests. If you’re like me and you use your guest room for storage, you’ll have to do a bit of re-arranging before they arrive.
When you have overnight visitors it’s the little things that will make them feel special. Providing a water carafe and glass, books, magazines or the local newspaper, and a nice scented candle will go a long way towards giving them a welcoming feeling.
I always worry that our guests won’t get enough to eat (I think that’s the Southern Mama coming out in me) so I like to provide a few little snacks for them. Fresh flowers are another lovely touch. Who doesn’t feel special when presented with them? And on the practical side it’s a good idea to put the television and air conditioning remotes within easy reach as well as a flashlight (you never know when you might have a power outage!).
No matter how organized a person is, they’re likely to forget something and it’s usually in the form of toiletries. So that’s another little welcoming touch you can make available to your guests. I like to have extra face wipes, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste, Kleenex and razors on hand. Use the travel size and then they won’t go to waste.
You’ll want to make sure your guests have plenty of clean towels and somewhere to hang them to dry. Our guestroom ensuite has a spot for both, but I think it’s a good idea to provide a few extra towels.
If your guests are visiting in the colder months of the year be sure to provide extra blankets. Fluffy robes and slippers are also a nice way to keep them feeling cozy.
It’s one thing to make all these little extra goodies available to your visitors, but you need to present them in an appealing manner. Use baskets, trays or anything else you might have on hand to make a nice presentation. You want your guests to feel special and their visit to be relaxing, fun and stress free and these tips will go a long way towards making that happen.