Hospitality – Beautiful Ways to Bless Overnight GuestsOn Jun 28, 2013 Hospitality 15 Comments Tags: Hospitality
I love, simply love staying at my best friend’s home. We currently live on opposite sides of the country from one another so visiting entails some long travel, but promises some heart-felt comfort, late night talks, and girlfriend giggles galore. I’ve seriously found our husbands just sitting watching us laughing away at our antics, proclaiming we provide the best entertainment!
One of the best things about staying with Theresa is that she makes us feel right at home. Not the superficial, “make yourself at home,” sort of thing. No she prepares for our visit in a way that blesses this old-fashioned girl right to the tips of her toes. I’ve learned a lot from her over the years and I gladly share these simple ideas and little details with you.
- Greet them with snacks at the ready! – After a long day of travel have either light snacks or appetizers ready to hold your guests over until the next meal. This can be as simple as fruit, cheese and crackers; chips and salsa, pita, hummus, and olives; or cut vegetables with dip. Don’t forget to offer water or other drinks as traveling can cause your guests to be dehydrated.
- Toiletry Basket – In the bathroom your guest will use be sure to include a small basket with sundry items. You know those things that travelers always forget like a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream and razor. You don’t have to spend a fortune on these things. If you plan and prepare in advance *wink* you will be able to pick these items up while there on sale. Also, as a woman who travels and never makes room for a hair blow dryer in her already over packed suitcase, it’s an awfully nice item to keep in the bathroom just for her!
- Nightstand Preparations – This is my favorite thing and one of neatest ways to show your guests you have thought of them. On the nightstand place a magazine or two you know will interest your guests. (One of the last times I visited Theresa even had a book for me. One that she knew was on my must-read-someday list.) If your guests are new to the area maps and a list of local events are also helpful. Make sure there is a lamp for late night reading. You never know what travel will do to the sleep of your guests. Late night reading may be just the thing to cure their insomnia.
- Additional Bedroom Touches – If the nightstand gets crowded the dresser or some other flat surface is the next thing you want to consider and prepare. A bottle of water (I really like the swing top glass bottles that can easily be refilled or even a recycled wine bottle you’ve washed well and recorked would add a special touch.) with glasses for drinking. And don’t forget a good ol’ fashioned clock!
- Freshly laundered linens are always just the right touch! – Every time a guest comes to stay fresh sheets are a must! There is nothing like slipping between sheets fresh out of the laundry. An extra special touch would be a spritz of a lavender spray on the pillows, just the thing to help your guests drift off into blissful sleep. Fresh towels and wash cloths folded and laid on the end of the bed or in a basket will have your room all prepared.
- The guest book for special messages. – Many years ago Theresa started her guest book tradition. Just a simple journal where each guest could leave a special message to her family. This little book chronicles the guests that have stayed and the many memories made. It, I’m sure, will always be a family heirloom.
- Chocolate and flowers just never go out of style! – A bit of chocolate on the nightstand and flowers on the dresser are just the pièce de résistance for every visit!
- A perfect parting gift for your guests. – Have you had the pleasure of tasting airplane food lately? Ewww, right?! On our last visit, as a parting gift Theresa made sack lunches for us to take on the plane. Nothing fancy, just simple sandwiches, a bag of chips, a piece of fruit and a bar of chocolate. Such a simple thing and yet Jordan and I felt her love for us. This little gift made by her hands helped some of the sadness of saying good-bye ease a little.
Don’t feel like you have to do everything, but truly the little touches are what bless your guests. The extra time and effort you put into your home in preparation for guests will speak love and honor to them. Just remember if you make it too nice they’ll want to come back for sure! *wink