Thursday, 6 August 2015

How to make your overnight guests feel at home


Although it is exciting, having guests visit overnight can be quite daunting. So, how can you prepare ahead and make sure you make them feel welcome?


Anticipate their needs

Preparing ahead is key. Avoid your guests having to watch you scramble around to accommodate them. This may leave them feeling like an inconvenience. Provide them with a fresh set of bed linen, pillows and an extra blanket. Put flowers in a vase to lift up the mood of the room and have the side lamps switched on for when they enter the room.


The guest toilet should have a set of towels for each guest and a basket with toiletries they will need. Don't forget to leave a few essential cleaning products in the bathroom and to stock on toilet paper, as it can be embarrassing for your guests to have to request these. Here's a video of our talented Carla Vieira showing you how you can make the toilet paper look beautiful for your guests. 




Small details make a difference

Include them in conversations and invite them to share your space with you. Don't leave them feeling like they have to lock themselves in the room. Also think of small details such as leaving breath mints in the drawer and a bottle of water with a glass by the bed. Guests staying long should be provided with slippers and a robe. 

Share essential things with them, like a spare key of the house, the wifi password, books and dvds that will interest them, the alarm code, phone chargers (if you know the make of their phones), a jewellery tray on the dressing table and an alarm clock. Anything you can think of to make their life easy will go a long way.

Feed them well 

You certainly don't want your guests starving, so make sure to feed them heartily. Plan your meals ahead and shop adequately. Find out about their tastes and preference prior to their arrival and make sure to cater to those tastes in the meals you prepare. However, you don't want meal preparation to take long and steal your time away from your guests. 

Remember, they are there to visit you and not an empty lounge with a TV. So, wake up early to get a head start on meals, while they sleep and be available for them when they wake up.

Help them create new memories

Arrange for places to go see, if they are out of town guests, or new restaurants to visit. Do something fun, which will take them out of their routine a create a special memory of your visit for them. Make your visit one they will never forget. However, make sure not to go over budget and end up in debs.

Enjoy your guests!

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  2. There's always something bright and wonderful to glean and add to my treasure box whenever l pop along to the All about You corner, so to speak. You have giving me that extra-touch to help create and give guests those special memories. I love it . Thank you

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  3. There's always something bright and wonderful to glean and add to my treasure box whenever l pop along to the All about You corner, so to speak. You have giving me that extra-touch to help create and give guests those special memories. I love it . Thank you

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  4. There's always something bright and wonderful to glean and add to my treasure box whenever l pop along to the All but You corner, so to speak. You have giving me that extra-touch to help create and give guests those special memories. I love it . Thank you

    ReplyDelete