Entertaining Tips for Overnight Guests

December 23, 2018 Published by
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Entertaining overnight guests
One of the lines I often use is, “Caring is sharing.” I live my life sharing my resources, my ideas, my love and friendship, and our home! I genuinely enjoy entertaining friends and family around our dining room table as well as inviting them into our home as our houseguests. In other words, I love the company, and I enjoy entertaining overnight guests.
This time of year, many of you may be expecting overnight guests yourself. Having people in your home can be both wonderful and worrisome. Here are my tips to assure that these visits run smoothly.

MY ‘TO DO LIST AND THOUGHTS’ FOR HAPPY OVERNIGHT GUESTS

The most important thought that should go through your mind as you make your plan: A great hostess makes her guests feel as though they are on a beautiful mini vacation.  

It was always easy for me to do because I asked myself, “What would make me happy and comfortable spending time as a guest in my friend’s home?” 

That is easy to answer: “I would want to be provided for in every way!”  

Now you know, darlings, why my guests want to return for a visit!

Entertaining overnight guests

A beautifully appointed bedroom

When my guest enters their room, there are fresh flowers on my small entry table, a beautiful carafe of water with glass and small dishes of unsalted almonds on each nightstand, interesting art books, and magazines on shelving, soft music playing on the TV and luggage racks for suitcases.

The sheets are fresh and soft, and each side of their bed has two pillows hidden behind beautiful European pillow shams that match a crisp white duvet cover.

Every guest travels with an iPhone, iPad, and laptop, so I recently purchased a power strip that I leave in a drawer.

A functional closet

The guest closet holds an array of quilted hangers, pant hangers and suit hangers. Also, a shoehorn hangs on a hook.

There are his and her terry cloth robes and slippers, a large wicker hamper and built-in dresser drawers. I have extra blankets on a shelf and on top of the dresser sits a lovely Asian bowl where I have placed a set of house keys for my guests to use for their stay.

A bathroom fit for a king and queen

The shower: The shower has a loofah (bath sponge,) shampoo, crème condition, body soap, and bath soap.

Bathroom drawers: There is a Lucite sectioned tray in each drawer with a few ‘maybe I forgot items’ such as toothpaste and two extra toothbrushes, a razor and shaving crème, deodorant and hairspray.

Under the sink cabinet: There are extra rolls of toilet paper, extra towels, and a hairdryer.

Top of the sink: Must have a small vase of fresh flowers and, I place beautiful jars with cotton balls, Q-tips and hand cream that sit on a tray. There is also a gorgeous Lucite magnifying mirror.

The bathroom also has a scale and a magazine rack with the latest magazines.

Entertaining overnight guests

The den and bar area

In the den and on the bar there is always freshly made popcorn, an array of nuts and my guests love chocolate covered almond balls! And of course, Shelly and I have been known to mix up a mean cocktail in the evening hours.

In the kitchen

In the kitchen, I have a large basket of fresh fruit on the counter, and the refrigerator is stocked with everything from bottled water to ‘you name it!’

I serve breakfast at home. It is casual. I have a basket of fresh bakery, freshly brewed coffee and several flavors of tea, bacon (turkey) and egg soufflé or lox and bagels, and for those that like cereal, lots of small boxes of cereal with fresh bananas and three types of milk; skim, 2%, and whole.

Lunch and dinners are ‘out and about’ unless I have a dinner party to introduce my out of town guests to my friends. I love to give dinner parties but I will save that story for another time, darlings.

I am sharing these musings today because I know that many of you are having houseguests over Christmas and New Year. Properly prepared,  I am confident that you will enjoy the company and find that having others in your home brings joy, rather than chaos, to the holiday season.

What are your tips and tricks for entertaining overnight guests? Please share your thoughts with me via TwitterFacebookPinterest, Instagram or in the comments section below.

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  • dy says:

    I love all that you mentioned. Things that I find are appreciated by my guests, in addition to what you mentioned, is enough comfortable seating for lounging, talking, & watching a movie together (having Netflix & a nice supply of universally popular DVDs is helpful), and providing available table space & chairs to play table games with a nice assortment of games in an attractive basket nearby comes in handy. (Sometimes when I visit in other’s homes seating is an issue. Even if your home is small and you don’t need a lot of seating normally you can find nice wooden folding chair sets that can be tucked away in a closet, basement, or under the bed when not needed. I would never want to leave someone without a seat!) Overnight guests especially enjoy these types of in-house entertainment, and welcoming, cozy gathering places! Memories in the making!

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      I agree with you. Seating for all. And storage under the bed is just perfect. Thank you for your suggestions. Happy New Year!!! Warmly, Honey

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