Hospitality At It's Finest

We've all been a guest in someone's house at sometime or another. We all know that being a guest in someone’s home can be a little awkward at times. Remembering your way around the house, knowing where to leave your belongings, figuring out the slyest way to let your host know you are starving, or what to do when you realize you have forgotten your toothbrush. As a host we always want our guests to feel at home and have everything they need to be comfortable. Here's a few tips we've put together to make sure your guests have all they need and that you don't fall short on your hostess game.

Making a guest tray is a great way to go when receiving guests. A guest tray is simply a tray full of goodies for your guests enjoyment and comfort. You can also use a basket, or just arrange them somewhere easily seen in your guest room. What should you leave? Here are a few ideas on how to make your guests feel at home.

1.       Snacks

Every family has a different schedule for serving meals, and you would NEVER want your guest to be parched or famished while under your care.  Place a few water bottles and granola bars into your gift basket. (If you’re feeling snazzy, have a plate of fresh warm cookies waiting for them when they arrive.) Also, let your guests know that you want them to feel at home and at any time they are more than welcome to any food or drinks in the kitchen.  

2.       Candle

Light a soft fresh candle in the guest room 20 or so minutes before your guests are to arrive. Giving the room a fresh scent to walk into will allow for a sense of comfort and insert a homey perception of their environment for the next few days.

3.       WIFI                                                                                                                                       

Home is where your Wi-Fi connects automatically.  In the age of technology everyone has a phone and sometimes a computer they have by their side at all hours of the day. Leave a sign of picture frame out with your network name and password. Think about personalizing the sign if you can by adding a sweet note or including a welcome with their name.

4.       Toiletries

We have all ventured out before and left a daily necessity at home. Take the awkwardness out of this situation by being prepared for your guest. Here are few ideas of items you might consider having set out for your guest’s convenience.

  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Contact solution
  • Hairbands
  • Hairspray
  • Hygiene products
  • Tissues
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Razors
  • Lotion

5.       Greenery

Adding some greenery or florals gives the impression of freshness. (If you can, trim a few fresh stems from your garden outside)

We hope you now feel prepared to be the best hostess you can be. With these tips and tricks your guests are sure to enjoy their stay and will definitely want come again! Happy entertaining!