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How to Make Guests Feel at Home

5 Ways to Make Houseguests Feel at Home

This holiday, many households will be packed with visiting friends and family. If your home is one of them, follow these tips to make your loved ones feel right at home.

  • Make room: Even if you don’t have a designated guest room, be sure to give your guests some room of their own. Clearing out a little space in a spare closet or a drawer in the bathroom can go a long way toward making guests feel at home.
  • Give the grand tour: Show your guests around the house as soon as they arrive, and don’t hold back the details. Guests will appreciate knowing the quirks of your house ahead of time so they aren’t left fumbling around on their own later.
  • Have bedding handy: Before your guests arrive, dig out your spare bedding and keep it somewhere accessible. That’ll give your sheets and blankets a chance to fluff up and air out, and when it comes time to make down beds, you won’t have to make a big show of pulling out extra linens.
  • Give reverse hostess gifts: Even though you’re the hostess, having a small gift waiting for your guests is a nice way to welcome them to your home. Think of things they might need during their stay, like travel-size toiletries, travel candles, goodies, or a new book or magazine.
  • Cozy up their space: Houseguests often end up staying in rooms that aren’t always used for sleeping, so think about whether their sleeping quarters need anything extra to be comfy and cozy. Add extra blankets or feather beds, space heaters, or hang temporary curtains if necessary.

How do you make out-of-town guests feel at home?

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mslewis mslewis 6 years
The best thing I can do for my houseguests . . . get them a hotel!! I really hate having people stay over and disrupting my at home routine. By the same token, I would never ask a friend to put me up for even one night. Such an invasion.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I ask them beforehand about their favorite drinks and foods and snacks and then stock the fridge with them, so they can help themselves whenever they want. I also make sure i have lots of ready to eat foods in the fridge, like hard boiled eggs or sandwich spreads or things like that. I think making it possible for them to find a lot of things on their own (like towels or books and movies) is making people feel at home a lot, cause then they don't have to bother the host if he/she is busy or sleeping.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 6 years
You could place a few nosegays (or arrangements of fresh flowers in a vase) in a few places. Place a few extra towels out in the bathroom. Show them where they can leave their coat, suitcase, etc. I like the making room in the closet idea. :) Also, be upfront about where to leave their shoes, at the door, etc.-- whatever the custom is for that in your home.
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