• Kathryn Couch

5 Tips for Hosting Houseguests

Updated: Jul 21, 2019

With summer in full swing, chances are you might have some visitors coming your way if you haven't already. This is especially true if you live in or near a destination city. While it's always fun to entertain and host loved ones, it doesn't come without some effort and work on your part. Here are 5 helpful tips to get ready and make your guests feel welcome:

  • 1. Anticipate Their Needs - A great host will reduce the amount of requests from their guests by having everything set out and ready for them before guests even think to ask. Some examples are fresh towels on their bed or in their bathroom, water pitcher or bottles in their room and a place to set down their suitcase that preferably isn't the floor.

  • 2. A Fancy Hotel Stay - As much as possible try to make your guests home away from home feel like a high end hotel stay. You know that feeling where everything we could ever want or need is taken care of for us. The smell of coffee in the morning, a fresh breakfast, clean linens and even chocolates on the pillow if you so wish, are great ways to make their stay enjoyable.

  • 3. Go Above & Beyond - Fresh flowers aren't necessary but its a nice touch - so long as your guests aren't allergic or the scent isn't overwhelming. While chocolates on pillows are a not so standard practice anymore, I prefer to opt for a well appointed snack tray on the dresser. There are so many ways in which you can take a basic hospitality practice and step it up a notch.

  • 4. Know Your Guests - As mentioned before be conscious of their allergies. Major bonus points if your snack tray includes some of their favorites (in my case it would be Snickers and Haribo Gummy Bears for my sweets and Terra Chips or Cheese Crackers for my savory snacks). When I host someone I always like to plan a little something that is unique to their interests and tastes.

  • 5. A Well Appointed Space - goes a long way. It should go without saying but a nightstand is essential. This is especially true if you are you using a makeshift bed that wouldn't already have a nightstand next to it. People need a place to set to down their glasses, book, drink or any other item they use at night. A table lamp is nice as well. I personally am peeved every time I have to get up from my bed to turn off the light before going to bed.

There you have it, these are some of my top tips to make my guests feel incredibly welcome in my home. While it can be some work to be a great host, its a small price to pay for the love and laughter that comes with their relationship. Would love to know any of your tips for getting ready for houseguests. Also let us know if you use or try any of our tips and what your guests thought of their stay!




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