I hope y’all had a wonderful time last week with family,
friends, or whomever you celebrate your holidays with! I was originally going
to just take one day off from blogging last week, but ended up taking two and it was much
needed with all the craziness of last minute Christmas prep.
Part of that busyness was getting ready for some house
guests that would be joining us for our holiday gathering. Our kids were really
excited about their aunt and uncle staying with us, but in our little house preparing
for house guests is no small task. Someday it’s my dream to have a lovely, dedicated
guest room. Until then we just make do the best we can. We have a couple of
factors that really help us out. One of those being that our kids love having sleepovers
together and love sleeping in sleeping bags even more, so having the three
older ones all pile into the same bedroom works great. Our big guy has a great
bed from Ikea that can transform from fitting one twin mattress to fitting two
twin mattresses, so typically we just do some rearranging and his room turns
into a pretty nice guest room.
That being said, I still like to try to make it a special experience
for our guests and there are several ways that you can make your guests feel more
at home and make a stay away from their home more enjoyable for them (because
we all know there’s no place like home, right?). I left a fresh stack of towels
in the room with a little tag that would hopefully make them smile after their
long drive. If you’d like to print some up for your next guests, you can snag
your free printable //here//!
I also put together a hot chocolate station for the kitchen
counter so that anyone would feel like they could help themselves to a warm
beverage whenever they wanted. I don’t know why I hadn’t done this sooner.
Here are some more ideas for helping your guests feel more
Did you have any out-of-town guests this past week?
- Consider leaving a small stack of magazines, books, puzzles,
or games in the room.
- If they have small children, plug in a nightlight. Even if
children aren’t afraid of the dark, it can help you find your way in unfamiliar
- Make sure there are extra blankets and install a ceiling
fan. Just kidding! But seriously, a big part of comfort is making sure that
they are a comfortable temperature, however you can accomplish that.
- If they’re staying for more than a couple days, try to give
them some drawer and closet space.
- Leave them an area map or guide book in their room. Even in
our age of tablets and smart phones, sometimes it’s just fun to flip through
actual pages. If you’re a AAA member, you can pick these up free at your local
branch office (and I’m assuming your CAA offices as well for my Canadian
- If you have a dedicated guest room that doesn’t get used
much, make sure that the room and the bed are freshly aired so they don’t smell
- Have your children color signs or cards that can adorn their
room when they arrive.
- Leave some toiletries in the bathroom. I always save travel sized
ones from when we stay in hotels and keep those in our guest bathroom.
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