Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Preparing for House Guests

We recently had the pleasure of having one of my besties come visit from Sweden! Since I love her and I have no idea how long it will be until I get to see her again (in real life, not over skype at least) I wanted to go all out and make her stay as comfortable and luxurious as possible. Since many people host house guests over the summer, I thought I would share how I prepared our guestroom.

First, I put together two baskets of goodies. One was a little minibar of sorts.

I picked up the basket at Ross, then filled it with yummy treats! I tried to include a mix of salty and sweet, healthy and indulgent.

Included are:

  • Chips (Doritos, Cheetos and Pringles)
  • Granola bars (Crunch bars, Nature Valley, and NuGo)
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Dried fruit (pineapple, dehydrated strawberry and banana)
  • Chocolate (dark chocolate pomegranate, Pocky, KitKat, Peanut M&M's, Twix, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Rolo and Hershey's)
  • Crackers (Goldfish and Ritz)
  • Nut butters (Chocolate hazelnut butter and peanut butter with honey)
  • Gum (spearmint and peppermint)
  • Mexican Coke
While my friend was obviously more than welcome to anything in my kitchen/pantry, I wanted her to have some treats should she want a midnight or early morning snack, without having to leave her room. When hosting guests who will be suffering from jet lag, I never want them to be in their room hungry because they don't want to disturb anyone else by looking for a snack at an odd time.

Next I set up a toiletries basket.

I picked the basket up at the dollar store, lined it with tissue and used many samples I had collected from Sephora, Ulta, etc. and padded it out with travel size minis from Target and Walmart.
Included are:

  • Face wipes
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Tooth brush, toothpaste, floss and mouth wash
  • Ear plugs (I have an infant, might not be necessary for every house but also good for guests who are just light sleepers)
  • Lip balm
  • Body wash and shower puff
  • Face wash and exfoliating face scrub
  • Moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hair product
  • Assorted makeup and perfume samples
  • Cozy socks

I also set out a hair dryer (I picked up an extra one to keep as a spare for $10) and a stack of fresh, fluffy towels (body, hand and face) tied with a white ribbon. Behind the toiletries basket, I filled a small bag with feminine products (tampons, maxi pads, panty liners and feminine wipes).

For the bedside table:

 I set up a pretty mirrored tray I picked up at Ross. On it I put out bottles of sparkling and still water. I set out a tall water glass with a matching short glass over the top to keep any dust out. I added a vanilla candle and a frame with the wi-fi password. I found the template on Pinterest and thought it was too cute to skip! Lastly, I included a pop of color in the form of a bunch of bright yellow flowers trimmed short and set in a square vase.

While it isn't pictured, I prepared the closet by clearing out plenty of space (and throwing all my stuff in a pile in the master bedroom...) making sure there were plenty of hangers and hanging up a fluffy, freshly laundered robe.

The last few details of preparing the room included airing out the duvet, washing the linens, making the bed, checking that the lamps were plugged in and their light bulbs worked. I vacuumed and sprayed Febreeze on the carpets a few days before she arrived, then vacuumed again right before she arrived. I put an extra quilt on the end of the bed and a fan in the room so she could make herself comfortable at night if she wanted to be warmer or cooler. I also made sure to put a mini (bathroom size) trash can in the room.

So that's it! I was thrilled with how the room turned out and felt that it had all the comforts of home and then some. While it can be a little bit of an investment putting together the various baskets, the majority of guests will only use a few things from each. You can then just replace what you need to before the next guest.

1 comment:

Gladys said...

Very useful for me, I'll have some guests from Mexico, thanks.