With the holidays around the corner, it's possible you'll be playing "hotess with the mostess" and welcoming friends and family into your home! To ensure your guests feel welcome and enjoy their time with you, check out the below ideas. I guarantee they won't want to leave by the end of their stay!
A comfy place to land is all most guests desire. Incorporate the luxury of a hotel into your guest room by using a plush bedding collection that looks and feels fantastic. Provide guests with four pillows – two soft and two firm – to accommodate every sleeper's preference. A lightweight throw blanket draped over the bed is great for afternoon naps, and quilts tucked into the corner provide extra warmth if the room gets chilly. For added holiday cheer, decorate with throw pillows in seasonal shades of dark red, hunter green, burnt orange and brown.
Provide guests with extra amenities that will help them feel welcome and cared for in your home. A basket filled with fresh towels, a robe hanging from the door and a drawer with a new toothbrush, fresh soap, disposable razor and bath salts inside will help visitors feel comfortable. Guests will be grateful if you stock the medicine cabinet with over-the-counter pain killers and antacids, especially after eating a hearty holiday meal.
A Little Library
Keep a small stack of books near the bedside or on a shelf beside a comfy chair for guests to thumb through. Include some magazines and the daily newspaper. If space permits, use a corner to create a small reading niche. An arm chair with a small table stand and light will do. Guests may enjoy a good read before bed or an afternoon nap.
It's a good idea to include several sources of light in the guest bedroom. An overhead fixture provides light for most tasks while a bedside or desk lamp can soften the mood for reading or bedtime preparation. Natural light flowing into the room provides the best light, but incorporate blackout shades or curtains for privacy and uninterrupted sleep.
Despite all the delicious meals you'll be sharing, guests may still get hungry after dinnertime. A midnight snack box curbs hunger pangs, leaving visitors satisfied and sleepy. Fill the box with chocolates, crackers, dried fruit and seasonal snacks like a cheese ball or gingerbread cookies. Keep water bottles nearby, and for an extra special treat include mugs and hot chocolate packets.
Clear the closet and make room for guests to hang heavy winter clothes and silky formal attire. Provide sturdy hangers for all types of clothing. Make sure there is an empty space under the bed or in the closet for guests to store their luggage. If not, an armless chair in the corner of the room can serve as a luggage rack.
For a pop of color that can liven the smallest of spaces, arrange a bouquet of fresh flowers in a vase in the guest bedroom. A clear choice, tulips are available year round and provide a fuss-free shape for easy decoration. Whether you cut a few blooms from your garden or opt for a more traditional poinsettia plant, guests will appreciate the smell, color and gesture of flowers.
So tell me, do you do anything special to make your guests feel more at home?