Most of us love being a guest. It’s that feeling of being somewhere outside of our normal surroundings. It’s the possibility of being pampered and treating yourself. It’s a chance to get away and relax.
Most of us enjoy allowing guests into our homes. Grandparents, siblings, friends, family. We are glad they are here and we want them to feel welcomed. We just tend to stress at the thought of having company for a weekend. There’s no need to be!
Here’s where scruffy entertaining comes in to play. If you are already prepared, you’ll just open the doors to your home and welcome guests right in.
Please note that it’s okay if your house isn’t spotless. A home should look lived in and reflect the personalities of the people who live there. Your guests are coming to see you and will be thrilled with the free room and board.
A guest room is the ideal place for them to stay. The Guest Room should feel inviting, warm and cozy. Extra pillows on the bed and a lamp on the nightstand equal a space for your guests to feel comfortable.
To make entertaining easy, here are a few tips and tricks my friends and I use when hosting:
- Already have fresh towels and washcloths in the bedroom or guest bath. Have these set aside just for this room and you won’t have to hunt for them when it’s time for company.
- Clean sheets. Wash, dry and remake the bed with clean sheets after guests leave and you’ll be ready at a moment’s notice for the next set of visitors. Simplicity is key. Cotton sheets will do and so will a solid color that matches the room. However, if you happen to still have your New Kids on the Block sheets, your guests will adore the throwback. Make staying at your home fun!
- Easy reading novels, magazines, crossword puzzles, and photographic books neatly stacked on the nightstand or in a basket give your guests something to browse when they are winding down from the day. It’s also the best place to store magazines you’ve already read but aren’t ready to recycle.
- A closet of surprises. Neatly stacked in the closet have extra blankets for the bed in the event your guest gets cold. Available hangers let your friends know they can hang up their garments just like they would at home. A dear friend of mine has a few clothing items (flip flops, sweatshirts, t-shirts, lounge pants and bathrobes) arranged for guests who stay on a whim. I absolutely love that she does this! I’ve borrowed the t-shirt and lounge pants before!
- Basket of goodies. At some point, we’ve all traveled and forgotten something. We have also enjoyed being surprised by sweet smelling soaps and shampoos in a guest bath. Collect soaps and shampoos on sale throughout the year and pop them in the guest bath. Throw away razors, small shaving cream bottles, Q-tips, cotton balls, loofahs, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, toothbrushes (a pack of four) and toothpaste are basket essentials. You can be a good host without breaking the bank. Head to places like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Target for those reasonable finds.
- For an added special touch that can be done before your company arrives place candy in a bowl in the room or on the pillow. Small flowers in a vase. If you have a child, then have him or her make a welcome sign or note. (As a child, I wrote a welcome note and drew pictures for my grandparents when they came to visit. My grandparents adored them and always kept them. Those notes are now framed and hanging in the guest room.)
Having guests over doesn’t have to put you in a frenzy and the guest room doesn’t need to look like a five-star hotel. Make it comfortable and an extension of your already welcoming home!