The holiday season is quickly approaching. As we prepare for dinners, drinks and laughter, one thing we sometimes forget is hosting family members in our home overnight.
Here are few ways to create a welcoming guest room for you out of town relatives:
1-Clean, crisp sheets and fluffy towels
Nothing says comfort like a bed made up with clean crisp sheets, warm comforter and throws. Place fluffy towels and face cloths at the end of the bed for your guests to use. If you want to be even more accommodating, provide them with a nice soap.
For kids staying over, make them a towel animal for the bed using these tutorials. Towel Animal Tutorials
Place some bubble bath or cute molded soap with it for them.
We have all stayed at a relatives house and been hungry or in need of water. Provide your guests with a few bottles of water and some snacks in their room. This will make them feel more comfortable and will be much needed after a long flight or drive. Show off some local items in your guest room from a local chocolatier or snack maker. Place it into a basket or a decorative bowl like this to display it nicely.
Use tips from the blog 7th House on the Left to create the perfect guest room refreshment basket.
When the family is in town, they may be there for extra time around the big holiday events. So providing them with something to do will keep them from getting bored. Provide a few good books, maybe a book about the area, guidebooks, magazines and of course children’s books for kids. If you have the space, create a small reading nook for them with a comfy chair and throw blanket.
4-Fun things to do
Not everyone loves to read or will want to watch television. Provide your guests with some small games, toys for the kids or a deck of cards. For more tips on what to add to your guest room check out Celebrations at Home’s Blog.
We are a very connected society now. Your guests may forget their phone charger or may want to access your wi-fi. Provide a card in their room with your wi-fi login for them get online. Leave your guests additional chargers for their cellphones if they need it.
6-Fresh flowers or plants
To brighten any room, have a potted plant or a bouquet of flowers. Just make sure the flowers aren’t overly fragrant in case of allergies. Plants will help clean the air and also provide a natural look for your room. Try low maintenance plants, like air plants, spider plants or succulents.
7-Adequate lighting and shades
There is nothing worse than stumbling around a room to find a light switch. Make sure your guests have lamps and lights to help them find their way. Also, add in some curtains and shades so they have privacy and can sleep in if they desire.
Provide your guests with ample pillows and blankets. A small fan may also be helpful for keeping air circulating, cooling the room down and noise cancellation.
9-Leave them plenty of room
Provide empty drawers and closet space to allow your guests to unpack. They will appreciate being able to hang up their nice clothes and jackets.
10-Consider their sleeping arrangements
You may want to create a room for the kids to enjoy that has toys, stuffed animals and unbreakable stuff. For guests with physical limitations, consider putting them in close proximity to the bathroom and on the first floor if possible.
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