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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Welcome Basket for Overnight Guests
- Bottles of water
- Single use Tylenol, Motrin, Tums
- WiFi password (FREE printable in the Resource Library when you become Friends of Living Large)
- TV Instructions
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.
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
direct access to my guest room favorites
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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!