During the summer, for some it’s likely a revolving door of guests and visitors. Some stay for a little, some stay for awhile.
But, as the summer months now become Fall, entertaining doesn’t take a back seat. In fact, with Fall comes the continued stream of wedding and associated parties, Thanksgiving dinners, get togethers with friends, Christmas, Hanukah…the list goes on.
And many of theses parties and occasions bring with them the overnight guests.
And, sometimes it’s great fun to have guests but, as I’m sure we all can attest to, having guests can be tiresome and overwhelming.
I don’t subscribe to the adage of every man for himself with nightly guests. Yes, you want it to feel casual and allow guests to feel at home. But, I believe that with a little forward thinking and anticipation of guests needs, the more you provide for them, the less they need to hassle you for.
Here is my check list of guest room amenities that not only reflect you as the considerate host, but also will provide enough for your guests to feel comfortable and to take care of any immediate needs they may have.
1. Provide some toiletries.
Sometimes guests forget the little things like soap or shampoos. Set out a little tray with small toiletries; just enough to get them through their stay.
2. Provide towels.
I always provide a few towels for guests. If it is in their room, then they have them ready for before bed or upon waking up. I opt for clean white. They are fresh and simple.
3. Have some flowers.
Just a few stems of fresh flowers elevates anyone’s mood so add a few to your guest room. Plus, they’ll add wonderful colour and a little fragrance.
4. Provide some fun reading materials.
Whether it be magazines or a good book, have a few things to read available in case they have trouble sleeping or wake before everyone else. If you know your guest’s tastes, think about including materials that would interest them, or that you think may be fun or quirky.
5. Have an extra blanket available
Provide an extra blanket or quilt so that guests will have it at-the-ready should it get cooler during the night.
6. Don’t forget a clock and glass for water.
An alarm clock will allow guests to wake themselves up and have a good handle on the time without having to rely on you. An available glass means that guests don’t have to ask or go through cupboards to find one.
7. And of course, a little treat doesn’t hurt.
Little chocolates or mints are a small but awesome gesture. Who doesn’t like to have a little evening treat?
8. When there just isn’t time….
If time gets away from you and you just can’t do it all, then ensuring there are freshly laundered sheets and a beautifully made bed will go a long way. A quick dust and light vacuum and your guest room will look amazing.
But, taking a few extra steps beforehand will help minimize the questions or frustrations later on.
How about you? What are your guest room amenities and essentials?