It’s always fun to have houseguests visiting and most of us truly want our guests to enjoy their stay in our homes. Here are 10 ways to make guests feel welcome when they are visiting your home.
1. Make them comfortable
Have you ever slept in your guest bed or used the shower in your guest bathroom? Spend a day in the life of your houseguest and you may discover the bed needs a foam topper or, as we recently found out, the hot and cold water faucets were switched! Putting yourself in your guest’s shoes helps you to make them comfortable as most people would be too polite to let you know otherwise.
2. Give them the Wifi Password!
Set up a guest wifi network on your home’s internet and leave the name of the network and password in your guest room so houseguests can easily get online when they need to.
3. Create a Welcome Basket
Put together a simple welcome basket in your guest room with bottled water, some small snacks, breath mints, and a favorite magazine. The small touches go a long way!
4. Stock the Bathroom
Be sure the guest bathroom has soap, extra toilet paper, and necessary toiletries for guests to use if they don’t have their own. I like to fill a mini mason jar with cotton swabs and cotton balls as well and add a fresh flower in a bud vase for decoration.
5. Add a Luggage Rack
A simple luggage rack can help guests unpack without setting their luggage on the floor or bed.
6. Pay attention to the linens
Keep quality sheets on the bed and provide cushy towels for your guests to use. Be sure there is an extra blanket in case they are cold at night.
7. Set up a coffee bar
Have a coffee station set up in the kitchen so guests can help themselves to coffee without having to dig through your cabinets and drawers. Simply set out mugs, spoons, creamer, and sugar for a one-stop shop.
8. Make breakfast
You may not eat in the morning but your guest may be famished. Have easy grab and go breakfast foods on hand such as fresh pastries and fruit that don’t take a lot of work but can be eaten at whatever time your guests are hungry.
9. Make it feel like home
Supplying guests with things like an iPhone dock or alarm clock is a small touch that can be a huge convenience for your weary travelers. Consider giving them a key to the house as well if they will be staying a while and/or coming and going independently.
10. Add Flowers
I’m a huge proponent of keeping greenery and fresh flowers in my house (along with other small touches that add luxury) and that means the guest room always has a fresh bouquet when visitors arrive. It doesn’t have to be fancy, a few blooms or branches from the yard can go a long way. It’s a small touch that makes a big difference!
Do you have any additional tips to make guests feel welcome? Leave them in comments!