Simple Entertaining: Overnight Guests

During the holiday season, many of us find ourselves entertaining guests overnight. Whether it be relatives who have traveled in order to stay with you, or a friend passing through looking for a place simply to rest their head, here are a few simple tips that can help you make their stay more comfortable.

  • One easy thing you can do that will have your guests wanting to return is to make their sleep more comfortable. You may not have the same budget as a luxury hotel, but investing in a couple extra pillows and a really comfortable blanket will leave guests in a sweet slumber. By leaving an extra blanket in their room, your guests can fell just as warm and snugly as they desire.
  • If you are one of those households that have 3 remotes just to turn on the TV, Satellite, Tivo, etc. your guests will most likely be completely lost and intimated to turn anything on. If your guests’ room has a TV, confusing alarm clock, or other complicated electronics…putting together a simple electronics “manual” would be very thoughtful. You can do as little as type a few instruction up and leave it in their room or as much as putting together a small “how-to” binder (like pictured here). This tip is also good for babysitters and house sitters!
  • If your guests will be staying a long period of time, putting together a quick schedule might be helpful. Let them know when you are busy working (and/or attending other obligations) and when you will be home. This will enable them to feel comfortable making their own plans. You can even put together a little “suggestion” list of things for them to do or places to visit if they are not familiar with your area.
  • Make a guests truly feel welcomed by putting together a small care kit for them. Include some sample sized toiletries, extra tooth brush, aspirin, and anything you know they love. For example, a special tea they drink or their favorite coffee creamer for the mornings.

These are just a few simple and thoughtful ideas to help you be a fabulous hostess to your overnight guests. Making them feel comfortable is key…. and of course enjoy their company!

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5 Comments on Simple Entertaining: Overnight Guests

  1. Nancy
    December 8, 2008 at 9:32 am (6 years ago)

    LOVE the Black & White fabrics etc. in this guest room ~ Fabulous!!!

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  2. Heather @ Birthday in a Box
    December 10, 2008 at 12:35 pm (6 years ago)

    Excellent ideas! I love ideas for hosting, since I recently moved across the country from all my family and friends, and they visit a lot!

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  3. Dot
    November 29, 2010 at 11:09 am (4 years ago)

    When staying for several nights at the home of family/friends, who have no maid service, should one “strip” the beds the morning of leaving?

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  4. Rabab Khater
    March 28, 2012 at 6:42 am (3 years ago)

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