How to Host Overnight Guests

vase with flowers on nights stand next to bed

Are you wondering how to host overnight guests. When I have people staying with us, I want them to feel comfortable and cozy. Here are my top 5 things that I do.

Deep Cleaning

I do a deep cleaning of the guest bedroom (or area that guests will sleep) and bathroom. That way I can just do touch up right before. I also:

  • Wash sheets, pillow cases, blankets and extra towels
  • Buy supplies for a welcome basket
  • Stock pantry with extra snacks, flavored coffees and creamers
  • Plan meals and grocery shop.
a plastic tote with cleaning supplies to help prepare for overnight guests

The Essentials

Make sure the bed is made up with clean sheets and blankets. Provide an extra blanket and pillows. A stack of clean towels should also be available in the guests space. (2) of each per person; bath towel, hand towel and wash cloth.

If you don’t have an official guest room, a large basket with a place for linens, blankets and pillows would be a nice touch. Then guest will also know where to put things when they aren’t in use.

Little tray on table in front of sofa in guest room with books, candle and flowers
This trunk holds extra pillows and blankets

Making them Feel Comfortable and at Home

I always let my guests know that they can help themselves to anything. I also reassure them that if they need some down time for a nap or just to rejuvenate, they should feel comfortable doing just that. Letting them know to please ask if they need anything is also something that I do.

vase with flowers on nights stand next to bed

I try to stock things that I know they will enjoy. Favorite snacks, meals and drinks are something I make sure to have on hand.

Extra Touches for your Guests

Small table next to sofa in guest room with a light, flower, wifi password in frame and tv remote control

Welcome Basket for Overnight Guests

  • Bottles of water
  • Single use Tylenol, Motrin, Tums
  • Kleenex
  • Magazine
  • WiFi password (FREE printable in the Resource Library when you become Friends of Living Large)
  • TV Instructions
Basket filled with goodies for overnight guests

Welcoming Fresh Flowers

Nothing says welcome like fresh flowers in your guests space. I like to have some where they will be sleeping and also in the bathroom.

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of Trader Joe flowers. Lately they have had cute little bouquets that are $3.99 and they are a lovely little mix that pop right into a small vase for instant beauty.

small Waterford vase with flowers in bathroom on marble countertop

Single Serve Keurig for Overnight Guests

If you have the space, a single serve Keurig in the guest room is a really nice touch. Some people like to have their first cup of coffee in bed. They also might not be ready to socialize first thing in the morning. It’s a nice touch to make your overnight guests feel comfortable.

I don’t have the space but a bar cart might be a nice touch for a guest room. It can house the coffee maker, basket, towels etc.


The Art of Being a Good Guest is knowing when to Leave

Other Cozy Ideas

If you want to know how I make our bedroom cozy all year long? You can read about it HERE

What are my favorite sheets? I share them HERE

Lots of pillows and a duvet covered quilt on the bed to make it cozy and comfortable

We recently did a refresh to Emma’s room by adding an art gallery wall. We purchased the posters from the Poster Store and they are very reasonably priced. Read about that HERE

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If you’re having guest for the holiday season, I hope that I’ve given you some ideas for making your guests feel welcome, comfortable and cozy.

We can’t wait for kids to get here!


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  1. Linda Johnston says:

    Excellent tips Lynn We don’t have many over night guests these days that are not our kids. Still we do everything you listed except welcome basket. Oh, I stock them; just not in their room! Hope ‘Handy’ is doing better.

    1. Keith is so much better. He’s walking around here like nothing happened. I’m actually a little anxious for him to go back to work!

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