Sunday, November 20, 2016

5 Tips For Making Holiday House Guests Feel Welcome In Your Home

I received product from Spectrum in exchange for this post, all views and opinions are my own. 
Have you ever had that uncertain feeling of traveling somewhere to stay with family you didn't know very well? I love to travel, but being unsure of where you'll be laying your head at night when you arrive can make you feel a bit uneasy. Before we had kids my husband was in a Christian band, so we would travel to play at different churches. Members of the churches where they played would invite us to stay in their homes. We had such pleasant experiences because we had some really great hosts. A great host is someone who anticipates your needs. Isn't it such a great feeling to know someone put thought and care into your visit? I appreciate being pampered by the little things when I'm a guest in someone's home, so I try to do the same for our house guests. Here's just a few of my simple ideas. Perhaps you could add some to the list? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments! 

1. Extra Toilet Paper. 
We all use it (hopefully), so toilet paper can run out really fast when your house is full of extra people. Don't embarrass your guests by making them ask you for more toilet paper! Keep an extra roll on the toilet. You can be really crafty and wrap a roll in tissue paper or tie a bow around it, but a simple solution is the Over The Tank Single Toilet Tissue Reserve from Spectrum. So easy to install you just lift the tank lid and set the bracket down, replace the tank lid and add a roll of toilet paper. Your guests will probably never mention this little detail, but they will definitely appreciate it! 
2. Guest Room Basket. 
Some hosts truly think of everything. We stayed with the sweetest most generous lady ever while visiting Louisville, Kentucky. She had set a small basket on the nightstand in the guest room for us. In the guest room basket she had placed; bottles of water, some books, a few snacks, a flashlight, deck of cards, the tv remote, pens and paper. In your basket you could really use your imagination to wow your guests, but sometimes just sticking to the basics is plenty! Spectrum offers large baskets that are perfect for adding a personal touch to your guest room. On the night stand our host had an alarm clock which was also quite useful, however not as much fun! 
3. Towels O' Plenty. 
Let's revisit the bathroom. You should assume your house guests that will be staying for an extended period of time are going to shower. When they shower they will need towels to dry off with, right? Right. So stock your bathroom will lots of towels, and even make a point of telling your guests where the towels are that they can use. Baskets are great because you can make them up in advance and have towels and washcloths ready to go for your guest. Another great thing about using a storage basket for guest towels is you can walk into the bathroom and easily see when your guest needs fresh towels. Keep in mind you might use one towel per shower but your guest might use two, so when in doubt-set more out! I have super long hair so I have to use a towel just for my hair and one for my body. I hate going to hotels that give us three towels for our family of four, it's ridiculous! I feel pampered when I see enough fresh towels for my whole family. Bonus, if you want to be super nice fill that basket with essentials like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste and so on. You might save your guest from having to make a trip to the store for something they forgot. 
4. Snacks On Demand. 
There's something about traveling that makes people hungry. Even if your guests go out for meals, it's thoughtful to have a special place set aside in your kitchen where they know they can grab a snack without asking. I love granola bars or pastries, but fruit, packages of roasted nuts, snack cakes, chips, candy, muffins, anything you think your guests might like would be nice. The 3 Tier Server from Spectrum has so many great uses, and would showcase some snack options without using much space on your counter top! 

5. Coffee and More Coffee.
We can't all be morning people. Perhaps you're not a morning person? That's fine. Set up a coffee station in your kitchen for your guests in advance. If you have a machine that uses pods set out a variety so your guests can choose something they like. The great thing about pods is you can have hot cocoa, tea and coffee ready in a moment for all your guest's tastes. Grab your Coffee Pod Caddy at Spectrum to help set up a coffee bar for holiday guests in your home. Don't forget the sugar and creamer! 

These are just a few simple ideas for creating a warm and inviting space for your house guests. You can add to these by sharing your thoughts in the comments. Have you had an incredible host? Share what they did to make you feel welcome. I love to learn how to show love to my friends and family that visit! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 








68 comments:

  1. What a great idea. We don't have guests often but we have stayed at a bed and breakfast place that had snacks and our own plastic water bottles and coffee mugs to keep in our room.

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  2. Seriously SUCH AMAZING tips!! Especially the toilet paper and snacks on demand!! Plus coffee is always an amazing fix to have available during the holidays!

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  3. I do the toilet paper thing already. It makes it easier for my grandchildren to reach the paper. All the others are good ideas too.

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  4. I love the idea of the bathroom guest basket!

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  5. We don't do a lot of in house vacays usually a tent in a park.....but these sound like get ideas....

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  6. Neat ideas but I really like the extra toilet paper one!

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  7. These are great tips! And always be kind!!

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  8. Thanks for the tips they come in handy

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  9. These are some great tips. I really like the Guest Room Basket!

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  10. Extra toilet paper is definitely key.

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  11. Great ideas, especially the guest room basket.

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  12. these are some great ideas I think I will be trying them

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  13. Great tips I love the basket idea.Great way to leave extra paper to.

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  14. Have both in my bathroom, extra toilet paper holder and the basket. Thank you for the contest!

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  15. Fun ideas. The basket is a good one.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  16. Great tips especially the tp! Nobody wants to run out and have to ask for more in the middle of business! Merry Christmas

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  17. Great tips especially the tp! Nobody wants to run out and have to ask for more in the middle of business! Merry Christmas

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  18. I like the extra toilet paper roll holder. This would be good for any bathroom that doesn't have much storage space.

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  19. Having a basket of snacks in a guest room is a great idea!! I would starve to death before I asked my host for something to eat.

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  20. I love the idea of snacks that they can grab without asking!

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  21. The extra toilet roll holder is such a handy tip.

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  22. (5 Tips For Making Holiday House Guests Feel Welcome In Your Home) I always let our in home guests know where everything is in our home when visiting us.

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  23. Great post! Love the snacks on demand :)

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  24. I love the coffee, the guest room basket & plenty of towels! Of course, extra toilet paper is a must!

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  25. Thank you for your tips. We do have family over for the holidays.

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  26. i have bsket with stuff all over the hsoue with first aid and then i do not have xtra room i have office and then bear and then craft so it basic thing first aid then charger for all room in cled bath and then i have tolet pater thing hold 5 rools

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  27. I keep an oversized urn in my powder room where I store extra toilet paper.

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  28. I know when my sister is visiting I always make sure to have her favorite ginger ale on hand.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  29. These are all great tips! When you have guests over, having plenty of toilet paper is so important. That's the last thing your guest will want to ask for!

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  30. All of your ideas are great, but I especially like the basket on the nightstand!

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  31. These are great tips for making your guests feel welcome and comfortable! Thanks for sharing! :) I love the basket idea, how sweet!

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  32. I love the first thing on your tip list. Nothing like being a guest, running out of tp and trying to find more.

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  33. It's always good to have extra new toothbrushes available

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  34. I like the idea of leaving out snacks so they can help themselves without having to feel like they have to ask.

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  35. It's usually family that stay over and they all know where everything is. I think if I did all these things, they'd never leave! lol

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  36. Something I may suggest based from experience of having people stay over unexpectedly on their part (weather issues, etc). A little contact case and contact solution are very important to have on hand. No one in my house wears them, and I didn't have a case, however thankfully I did have a bottle of solution on hand. We made a makeshift case lol.

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  37. Thanks a lot for these amazing tips!!!

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  38. The basket is an idea that I would never have thought about.

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  39. This is a great idea! And hotels etc do this. Well some BUT anywhere I have stayed I have never had anyone do this for me. Now if they had I would have felt more comfortable. Rather than feeling awkward when you have to ask "Where is the toilet paper". Then your on the spotlight & what if you had to go #2. I will be doing this for my guest. Seeing I tend to be the one place everyone wants to come especially during the holidays. Thanks so much for the tips!

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  40. In also like to add magazines and books. Great list.
    I'd love a keurig just for me..haha.
    Thanks
    Vickie

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  41. Bts..I made an error on the ninja givea and bonus for daily entry of comments.
    I can't change it..I said Amy grant..but commenting here instead as I didn't realize Amy grant was a giveaway..I hope this is okay..thanks
    Vickie
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  42. In addition to the towels, you could include trial size toiletries like toothpaste, shampoo, etc.

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  43. These look like very nice gift givers. I appreciate any and all suggestions, so this post of yours is so informative.

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  44. These are great ideas and they're displayed so beautifully! I love the gift basket idea and snacks and coffee pods arranged on the table or counter is so smart. I've been thinking about making a coffee bar for our living/ dining room area (instead of the traditional alcohol bar). I love the look and these pieces would look great on the cart!

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  45. Typically, anyone staying overnight in my house is already family and they now where everything is. Sometimes, they make the coffee before I'm even awake!

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  46. Those are great ideas! It's nice to leave cereal out for breakfast too! Slippers could be useful too! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you! Merry Christmas!

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  47. These are great ideas! I will keep this in mind when we have people staying over and I know they will enjoy their visit even more!

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  48. I always have samples of toiletries and even beauty products that would be awesome for your guest basket!

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  49. I always have extra samples of skincare/beauty products that could go in your guest basket. Your female guests would love that!

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  50. These are great ideas! Especially the coffee!! Thanks for the post :)

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  51. I really like all these ideas and that toilet paper holder , is a must in my home.
    @tisonlyme143

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  52. I know I keep commenting about the guest basket but I just find it to be such a wonderful, welcoming, pampering touch. Maybe some shaving supplies for both men and women. A water carafe and glass for the nightstand.

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  53. All of your lovely suggestions create a bed and breakfast environment that must make your guests feel pampered.

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  54. Those are some great ideas! I honestly never thought to create a room gift basket for my guests--I like that!

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  55. Snacks on demand could include muffins that you could get at one of the big box stores.

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  56. Wow such cute ideas, you must be super organized! I am lucky if I set enough plates at the table lol. I especially love the guest room basket though and might try that for my overnight guests.

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  57. These are great ideas. I can really use them. It is so awkward sometimes. Thanks!

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