Simple Ideas for Keeping Your Overnight Guests Comfortable and Welcome

by Merissa on October 26, 2015

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Simple Ideas for Keeping Your Overnight Guests Comfortable and Welcome

It's that time of year when many of us will soon be having overnight guests in our homes for the holidays and various celebrations and family fun. We love having company at our house and making them feel welcome is an important part of the visit for us.

There are many things that you can do to prepare for company to help them feel welcome in your home during their stay, today I'm sharing some of those tips with you and I've love it if you shared some of yours in the comments section!

1. Prep the room ahead of time. Make sure that the sheets are fresh and clean. Have a choice of pillows if possible (hard, soft, fluffy, etc) and have extra blankets in the room, especially if the weather is cold. Also make sure to have clean towels (bath, wash, and hand towels).

2. Keep a "Just in Case" basket in the room. You know those little baskets that you get in a hotel room with little shampoos, soaps, etc in them? Make one of those for your guest's room with little travel size products. (If you don't want to buy them you can purchase the empty bottles and use your own homemade lotions and shampoos instead for a very special touch!) Include things like shampoo, lotion, and toothpaste. Some other things you may also consider including is: a waterbottle or two, some granola bars or simple snacks, a night light, earplugs, and some magazines or a book for them to read.

3. Make some quick "stations" so they won't have to go searching for things. Know your guest will want some snacks at some point during their visit? Clear off a shelf in your fridge and put some drinks and snacks there where they can easily grab them. (Don't forget to show them "their shelf"!) Think your guest may need some things before they head outside? Make a station with extra hats, mittens, and other outdoor wear.

4. Write a little letter. If your house has certain quirks (and whose house doesn't?), write a little note to your guests and place it in their room. This note could include things like the wifi password, how the shower works, how to use the washer, how to adjust the heat in their room, etc.

5. Have a slow, welcoming breakfast. I've always thought it was nice to have a fun, sit down breakfast on the days that our company is here. Make muffins or other pastries (Cream Cheese Danish is always a favorite), or something else that takes a little while to eat, so that you can have a nice slow breakfast and chat before the activities that you have planned for the day. This is such a nice way to connect with your company while they are at your home.


6. Do not light candles or put flowers in the room. This might seem like the opposite advice to what you've heard before but as someone that has perfume/fragrance allergies I do not feel very welcome in a home that is burning a highly fragranced candle in my room. Although it's a sweet gesture, maybe a better alternative would be to leave a candle (with a lid) in the room and your guest can light it if they choose to.

7. Share your routine with your guests. If you have little ones that wake up at night, you may want to warn your guests before bed. Or if you get up early make sure to let your guest know that you will be up and about (but quiet if they want to sleep in!).

8. Include your guests in your life. Of course, don't make them do chores if they don't want to! But sometimes a guest can feel more comfortable and like they are at home if they can do things with you. We had some company this summer and they happily helped me weed and pick in the garden. They thought it was fun to do a "farm chore" and I couldn't say no to the help!

Having house guests can be a fun an enjoyable time for all if everyone is feeling comfortable and welcome. And of course, more than any of the other tips above, make sure that you take time to spend with your house guests while they are visiting (aka - don't spend the entire time making sure your house is always spotless!) and enjoy their company.

What are some tips that you have for making guests feel welcome and comfortable?


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1 [email protected] October 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Great suggestions! I am excited that we will have my mother-in-law and sister-in-law over for Thanksgiving this year. We make sure to clear a space in closets for them to use, to get a few drinks that we know they like but we don’t typically have (Diet Dr. Pepper!), etc. I also try to cook meals that I know they enjoy. Thanks for the great tips!


2 Erin @ Stay At Home Yogi December 7, 2015 at 9:38 pm

This is a really excellent, thorough list! I would add – find out what they drink in the morning! People can be so set in their ways, so it’s nice to have their favorite coffee/tea/creamer/sugar/juice whatever it may be on hand!


3 Anya December 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

These are all great tips! We love hosting family and friends in our home. Pinning this!


4 Rachel December 9, 2016 at 9:35 am

Found this post via the new Christmas article. This is so good! I toured with a small singing group and stayed in many homes across the US. All of our hosts meant well and were friendly, but there were MANY instances when someone had to go ask for towels or go without toothpaste or breakfast. (Not to mention a few times where we had dirty bedding or hosts who routed us out of bed at 5am!) I was sincerely grateful for their kindness in putting us up, but there’s a lot to be said for the kind of hospitality that tries to avoid any awkwardness or discomfort. Thanks for being a “teacher of good things”!


5 Catherine December 11, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Thanks for some lovely ideas on people staying in your house. They are brilliant ideas

We have not stayed over in relatives homes for quite some time, nor had anyone staying with us, but your ideas are something I will keep for the future. We have stayed in B&B’s in the Lake District who hadn’t changed the bedding before their next clients. 🙁 and we had to complain also we had no hot water for the shower and when we were sitting at breakfast we mentioned the lack of hot water and the owner turned to everyone else in the dining room and said “did you all have hot water” they all said yes, he turned to us and said he didn’t believe us. Then when I asked for a poached egg instead of fried egg he went into the kitchen and said loudly “there’s always one isn’t there who wants something different”


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