The holidays approacheth, and if you’re like most people, not only are you scurrying for fresh new recipes, gifts, and trying to keep the house moderately presentable, you are also preparing for overnight guests and their luggage (notice we didn’t say baggage.)
You could spend a fortune playing hostess, or you could make a few small, personal gestures that will make your guests feel right at home.
- Picture a great time. Whether it’s a longtime friend or distant family member, make sure to hang or place pictures that include your guest (or people your guest may know.) It will undoubtedly spark conversation and let the whole household in on what makes your relationship so special.
- Clear the way. Not everyone has an ideal guest room with empty closets and drawers, but you can make your guests feel welcome in any room by making sure they have enough room to put their belongings. Fresh linens, a book of short stories, and a nearby reading lamp are simple but important finishing touches.
- Knowledge is power. Find out ahead of time if your guests have a favorite beverage, food, or guilty pleasure. Having coffee, chocolate, or a deck of cards on hand when it’s needed prevents the awkward run to the store.
- Make it easy. No guest wants to feel like they are imposing, so make things easy to find. Place bathroom towels where they can be seen, have extra toiletries on hand, write down some simple directions for the remote, or print out a map of your favorite walking routes.
- Give thanks. While your guests may be grateful for your hospitality, it’s equally appropriate to show your appreciation for the visit or for what they mean to you. Whether it’s a card on their pillow when they arrive or a small note tucked into their suitcase for them to find when they get home, a sincere “thank you” is always welcome.
Providing warm hospitality doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful. Keep the above tips in mind to help create visits that are memorable, festive, and worth repeating over and over again.
What was the most impressionable “hospitality moment” for you when you were a guest in someone’s home?