May 1, 2016 by Drafts & Crafts
Hosting overnight guests is a wonderful time, yet preparing the house can be challenging. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when getting ready for company.
My husband and I truly enjoy entertaining, whether it is a simple dinner or having out of town guests stay in our home. With that being said, I think we can all agree that hosting guests means doing some prep work. Jason and I are very fortunate to have a finished detached garage with a kitchenette and full bathroom at our new house. It is just perfect to overnight company!! I wanted to share my tips that I use when we are expecting out of town guests.
- Give yourself plenty of time to clean. Sometimes we do our best cleaning right before company comes over! Give yourself a few days to vacuum, swifter, dust, wash, and wipe.
- Have a tentative itinerary. Be sure to know exactly when your guests are going to arrive and when their departure will be. It is always helpful to have some fun plans in mind to take your guests, like knowing the times that your favorite restaurants or museums are open.
- Stock the refrigerator. You do not have to go crazy, but I am firm believer in making sure your guests have some food options. It is nice to have some snacks or a meal that you can quickly put together at home. Going out to eat for each meal does get expensive and keep in mind your guests most likely had to pay for travel so grab a few extra beverages and snacks. For instance, Jason and I do not typically have soda or juice at the house, but I do pick some up when we are expecting company. While you are at it, grab a bottle of your guests’ favorite wine too!
- Create a guest basket filled with some basic necessities. When traveling, you can’t pack your entire toiletry, medicine, and kitchen supply, so I like to be able to make my guests feel at home by ensuring they are accommodated with some basic necessities.
Here is a checklist to create a welcome basket for guests:
- 2 beverages/2 waters
- granola bars
- advil, tylenol, or aleve
- tooth brush
- tooth paste
- mouth wash
- make up removing wipes
- cotton balls
- Q tips
When you have out of town guests, chances are you are going to be on-the-go. Creating a guest basket or bag with these goodies allows your company to feel at home. They can grab a quick snack in-between activities or freshen up if they would like. It is the little things like this that will keep your company wanting to come back! Do you have any tips or extra ideas for a welcome basket?
Keep in touch,