Wednesday, December 10, 2008

WFMW: Easy ways to make guests feel at home.

With Christmas around the corner, many of us will have people visiting this season. Here are a few things I've done over the years and a few things I've experienced as a guest that make an overnight stay more comfortable.

1. Double case the pillows. I purchase inexpensive white pillow cases, then use another pillow case over that. You will be surprised at the difference. Plush, fluffy and soft pillows with little effort!

2. Place a basket or other container in the guestroom with magazines, toothbrushes (the ones from the dentist work great), sample toothpaste, shampoo, anything that a person may forget to pack. Include some miniature candy bars or mints. Really, it's the thought that counts here. It is fun to sort through the basket and your guest will feel so special.

3. Turn down the bed. This may sound silly, but it is nice to find the comforter pulled back, the pillow fluffed and everything ready after a long day of chatting and visiting. (The key is to do this without them knowing it, so they will find it as a surprise when they retire for the night.)

4. Tell your guests where they can find fresh towels, but also leave some folded towels for them in their room. Again, it's the thought that counts.

5. If your guest is an early riser and you are not, set the coffee pot on the timer and put out some pretty mugs nearby. Hearty mugs are great and make them feel at home.

6. The Welcome Book. My mother-in-law gave us one when we purchased our first home. The book is designed for guests to simply sign or leave a note. You can find them in gift stores like Hallmark or online. You can also use a pretty journal. This makes an excellent house warming or wedding gift.

Remember, hospitality does not have to cost a lot of money. Anything you can do to make your guests feel comfortable and welcome will mean a lot.

Any ideas you would like to share? Leave them in the comments.

Be sure to visit Shannon for more tips this week!


Carol said...

Wow! Those are the kinds of things one would expect at a bed and breakfast. Why not make them happen for guests right in your own home.


BlueCastle said...

I love the idea of having a welcome book for guests to sign. Great ideas here. Thank you for sharing them. :)

Roxanne said...

Loved your list. Can I come to your house????

Tari said...

Wow, you're channeling my mother in law. Please stop before you begin ironing the guest towels. Maybe Xanax?