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!
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.
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.
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