Whether your home is large or small, you’re bound to have the opportunity to entertain overnight guests at one point or another. If you’re anything like me, you anxiously await those opportunities! Since I am both an early riser and appreciate my privacy, I often feel out of place when I wake up in someone else’s home unable to do tasks as simple as making coffee and taking a shower without disturbing my hosts. So, I try to give a good deal of thought to how to make my guests feel comfortable during their stay.
Show them around when your guests first arrive, show them where they will be staying and give a run through of what they may need while they are there. This includes what bathroom they will shower in, how to make morning coffee, and where various essentials and food and drink items are kept. Anything you can do to anticipate their needs without them having to ask is key. Bonus points for printing up a handy guide to WiFi access!
Make them comfortable a comfortable place to sleep is essential, so make sure you have an inviting bed, complete with plenty of extra pillows and blankets. As much as I love a polished guest room, make your guests feel more at home with a space that’s not too pristine to be livable. You don’t want to make them feel as though they are “messing up” your home. Add some pretty finishing touches like a great smelling candle or fresh flowers to brighten up the room.
Stock the essentials like any great hotel, be prepared for any items your guests may forget to bring or unexpectedly need, like a phone charger, toothbrush or miscellaneous toiletries. Prior to arrival, check in to see if there are particular foods or drinks they would like to have so you are prepared with dairy-free creamer in the morning, should they need it.
Give them space both literally and figuratively, give your guests their own space and freedom. No matter if you’re offering a full-blown guest suite or a comfortable couch, do your best to clear out a space for them to unpack their belongings and settle in without feeling in the way. Offer up a set of spare keys and a short list of nearby recommendations so they have the ability to set their own agenda.
Give them a sendoff as they head out by car, boat or plane, give them a small goody bag for the road. This could be as simple as a few water bottles and a granola bar, or as thoughtful as a fresh-baked good in darling packaging.