Overnight Guest: How To Be The Perfect Hostess

Shiplap headboard with white bedding and pillows

Here are a few tips to make you the most perfect hostess for your overnight guest

As the Christmas rush grows nearer to completion, our loved ones will be taking their places in spare bedrooms around the globe. If you have the pleasure of welcoming guest into your humble abode, here are a few tips that will make your overnight guest feel at home.

#1 Tip :

This may be the most important tip of all time: Clean up. Go through your house and tidy up, especially the area where your guest will be staying. Guest rooms can go unnoticed during routine cleaning, so provide your guest with fresh clean sheets, dust, vacuum, and check light bulbs. Also ensure clocks and remote controls are working properly. If your guest will be sleeping on a sofa bed, make certain its inviting.

Orange juice and plated fruit on a table

The Details:

  • Sleep as your guest: You want to make sure your guest are comfortable and have a good nights rest. So cozy up for a pre-hosting sleepover in your guest space. Fix any problematic issues before your guest arrive. Also, provide extra blankets, soft pillows, and towels.
  • Stock up on foods and beverages your guest will enjoy: The idea is to grant easy access for your guest to grab a quick snack without imposing on you.
  • Plan an outing: This time of the year it is usually pretty easy to find an event or activity to enjoy. If you need your guest to be a little more independent, print out a Google Map with attractions of interest. Remember to include activities that appeal to children as well. If you don’t have children of your own, pick up a game or two to keep them occupied while staying in.
  • If your guest will be coming and going on there own, leave them a care packet: A spare key, a list of emergency contacts, wifi passwords, and any other relevant information.

Green coffee mug on bedside table next to white bedding

 

Special Touches:

Again you want to make your guest feel as at home as possible. Go the extra mile and place essential items in a basket on the bed, include at least the following items:

  • 2 bath towels, 2 hand towel, and 2 wash clothes.
  • Place travel size toiletries in a decorative box (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and toothpaste, etc.).
  • A large bottle of water.
  • A snack (i.e. nuts, pretzels, or chocolate covered treats) .
  • If you have a no shoe rule, throw in some slippers or fuzzy socks.

Dark wood bathroom cabinets with white towels and countertops

In the restroom be sure to have items your guest may feel uncomfortable asking for such as:

  • Matches and room spray
  • A plunger
  • Extra toilet paper
  • Feminine hygiene products

Final Thoughts

I love scented candles! A vanilla or roasted marshmallow scent give off a cozy vibe. The day of arrival, leave a lit candle and new magazines next to the bed. Set out coffee and tea for easy access, just in case your guest wake up before you.

Having overnight guest can be hectic. Add the holiday hoopla and it can be  down right nerve racking. Take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy the company you keep. Tis the Season!

Dried holly berries and Christmas gift with twine bow

 

photo credit: canva.com

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