The final stretch of summer always seems to be the busiest, right? Fitting in our last vacations, hosting traveling family or friends, running from the pool to the ballpark, and gathering up school supplies for the dreaded first day back.
And when you’re busy, it’s hard to make your home the clean, comfortable place you want for guests. Our content creation partners had a couple of pointers for us:
1. Brighten up their space.
If you can’t get around to meticulously tidying the rest of the house, put all your attention into the guest room. Fresh bedding and bath towels are a must, but an addition like a bouquet of freshly-cut flowers or a mildly scented candle will take your host prowess to the next level. (Get more from blogger Sarah H. on how to make your home smell amazing for guests!)
2. Simplify their mornings.
You know that awkward feeling when you’re staying with someone, and you’re awake before your host, and you need coffee but you don’t know where it is or how to work their coffee machine? With this tip from Rachel B., you can avoid that altogether.
“To make a great coffee bar, you don’t have to go overboard. I have the cutest little coffee canister set that houses the coffee, creamer, and sugar. Most guests are usually family so I know what they like, such as chocolate and their sweetener preference. I add some straws or stir sticks to mix their favorite beverage. And I always make sure to set out a few coffee cups so guests don’t have to hunt through the cabinets to find one. No one wants to do that in the morning! If you want to get fancy, you could add some flavored syrups, chocolate, or cinnamon.”
The best part about this coffee bar is that you can easily keep it out all the time, making yourself feel a little more like a VIP guest in your own kitchen.
3. Greet them with treats.
This one’s easy: nothing beats being greeted by the smell, taste, or warm fuzzy feeling of fresh chocolate chip cookies. Buy a quick-bake roll from the store and warm it up just before your guests arrive, or – if you have a little extra time – get serious with homemade from-scratch cookies. (We’d recommend the recipe pictured above for Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cookies – yummm.)
Now that you’re ready to be the host you’ve always dreamed of…when can we come over? (Especially for those cookies.)
Let us know your favorite tips for making out-of-town guests feel at home when they visit (or, things that have made you feel especially comfortable when you visit others!).