Five additional suggestions to add to this post from October:
6. As a guest, having to ask your host for toiletry supplies, specifically toilet paper, can feel awkward. One easy way to avoid leaving your guests guessing where you keep the spare rolls is by preparing a guest toiletry basket. You can collect all of those miscellaneous toiletries that we so often forget to pack when traveling and place them together in a basket or a decorated box. Things to include would be a small tube of toothpaste, bottle of mouthwash, toothbrush, a small bottle of lotion, deodorant, tissue, and of course you can stash some rolls of toilet paper in your basket or nearby. Tie a “welcome” note card to the basket with a bow and leave it for your guests to use, and always make sure your bathrooms are stocked with fresh towels and washcloths each day.
7. Create a menu for your guests. Take the worry out of wondering when and what they will be eating for each meal. Email or call your guests ahead of time and find out about any food allergies, meal and snack preferences, and special beverages that your guests enjoy. Then compile that information into a simple menu. Having a planned menu will allow you to shop early, stock up on special items, and prepare and freeze meals ahead of time, reducing your stress and saving your company the hassle of spending more money eating out.
8. Place a clock, puzzle books and magazines, and a dirty clothes bag in your guest’s bedroom; these are simple gestures to show your guests that you have thought about their comfort.
9. Supply them with an activity planner. This is a clever idea for guests that might be staying an extended time. Research some tourists locations in your area and assemble the information and brochures into a binder or an envelope of “things to do” while in town. Provide them with a map of your city, a bus schedule, and a house key so that they have the freedom to explore their surroundings by themselves. This will allow you to refresh yourself and your home while they are out and about.
10. Give your visitors ample room to store their coats and shoes. Clear out some space in a closet or entryway and designate a place for guests to place their bags, shoes, purses, and coats. Also, provide a surface or suitcase rack where guests can open their luggage so they don’t have to spread out their belongings all over the floor.
Remember, this is a time to enjoy your guests company. If things don’t go exactly as planned, roll with it, laugh it off, and be merry…that is all that really matters anyway.