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Learn how to prepare for overnight visitors and make your home comfortable for guests with these simple Welcome Ideas for Guests.
Keeping Your Overnight Guests Comfortable
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’d love it if you shared some of yours in the comments section!
Welcome Ideas for Guests
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 available (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. Include things like shampoo, lotion, and toothpaste. Some other things you may also consider including is: a water bottle 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 that your guests will want some snacks at some point during their visit? Clear off a shelf in your fridge and put some drinks and snacks 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 they may need.
Do your guests have children? Make a station with special things they might enjoy. Coloring books, books, games, and a few small toys they can play with during their stay.
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. Make sure to let them know how glad you are to have them join you for their stay.
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 guests 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 extra help!
Having guests in your home can be a fun and enjoyable time for all if everyone feels 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.
Looking for some easy breakfast ideas for overnight guests? These make or prep ahead recipes give you more time in the mornings with your guests:
What are some tips that you have for making guests feel welcome and comfortable?
This post on Welcome Ideas for Guests was originally published on Little House Living in July 2015. It has been updated as of October 2019.