This post comes with the caveat that I really think being a gracious host is about a lot more than the amenities you provide for your company. Being welcoming, warm and loving goes a long way in creating an inviting space that your company will want to visit again and again. If you’re tight on space and just have a couch or an air-mattress to offer up, your company will still love visiting! And there are little things you can do to show them how happy you are to be hosting.
Since both Mr. AG and I have families in different states, we have overnight guests fairly often. About a year ago, I set out on a mission to spruce up our guest room and guest bath. We’ll tackle the bathroom in another post, but today, we’re going to talk about the four areas I focused on in my mission to hotel-ify our guest room.
1. The Welcome.
We always want our company to know how excited we are that they’re visiting, so I do a few things to make sure they feel welcome. I set up a little chalkboard welcome sign with a few pieces of information on it like the wifi network and password, where to find extra pillows/blankets, and where the towels/washcloths are stored.
I also leave out a few snacks, water, and some reading materials — but that’s only because I’m crazy and get embarrassingly excited for sleepovers!
And lastly, most people understand TVs much better than I do, but in the case that we have any guests like me, I’ve labeled the remotes so they know which one to use for power/volume. (And also so when I’m folding laundry in there, I remember how to operate the TV!)
2. The Bedding.
People can be kind of particular about their pillows, so I try to have a few different options of firmness available.
I also switch out the blanket on the bed to match the seasons. In the cooler months, I put a heavier blanket on the bed, but when the temperatures warm up, I switch it out with a much lighter-weight cotton blanket.
3. The Nightstand.
A few months after Mr. AG and I started dating, we went to visit his family. This was also the first time I had ever met his parents, so imagine how nervous you think I might have been and then go ahead and multiply that by 10! When we arrived at their home, there was a framed picture of us on the nightstand in the room where I would be sleeping. This very small gesture immediately made me feel more comfortable and welcome, so I’ve stolen the trick and now do the same for our company! While we keep several photos of family and friends in our guest room, if we happen to have visitors who aren’t in any of the photographs, I try to add one.
I also try to light a candle before our company arrives, so the room smells fresh and feels cozy.
I know most people use their phones for a clock/alarm, but I have a small one just in case they need a back up!
In the nightstand drawers, I keep a bible, an iPhone charger, and some pens/paper. In the bottom drawer, I keep a Sudoku book, because my dad loves him some Sudoku puzzles!
4. The Storage.
I have a luggage rack that I keep in our guest room, to make it a little easier for company to access their things. I also try to clear out a small section in the closet for anything they may want to hang.
The majority of these things may go unnoticed, but if it helps one guest feel more celebrated and comfortable, then mission accomplished! I’d love to hear any ways you prepare your home for company!