How to host weekend guests?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Pasta is an easy one to make for a lot of people. For lunches, what about getting buns, deli meat, cheese, etc and people can make their own sandwiches.

When we have people stay over, or when I stay over with someone else – the guests usually take the hosts for dinner or something as a sort of thank you. But I guess this totally depends on the people – don’t assume your guests will!

Post # 4
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not sure about the hosting dinner out, so I will defer to others for an answer on that one. Last year, when FI and I were guests at one of his friends for over a week, we paid for our own dinners out and our own events/activities). We also pitched in and made dinner one night, a side salad one night and dessert one night.

As far as food to feed them, it’s hard to tell without knowing you and your guest’s food preferences… But I think your thoughts on Fri/Sat are fine – maybe add a green salad to pizza night?

For Sunday, do you have a special dish that you are known for? Or that your area is known for? Maybe you could do that? Maybe a cold pasta/veggie/chicken salad if it’s super hot in your neck of the woods? Grilled veggies and chicken is always good. FI makes an awesome grilled BBQ chicken with swiss – just grill up chicken breasts, baste with BBQ sauce once you turn them, and add a slice of swiss at the end to melt. Delish! With some grilled veggies (broccoli or asparagus or summer squash, or a combo) or panzanella – it’s one of our go to weeknight suppers…

For breakfast, I think have a variety of pancakes/waffles, eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, omelette makings, toast and jam. Or you could try one of those breakfast casseroles/stratas? Greek yogurt?

For lunches, I would get a bunch of sandwich fixings – cold cuts, cheeses, tomatoes, avocados, condiments like pickles/olives/giardinera, and some chips.

For snacks, I would have on hand some cut up fruits and veggies, cheese and crackers (baked brie with roasted garlic is always a hit – and I LOVE fig jam and goat cheese), and chips and dip/guac to mix and match along with lunches and cocktails.

And lastly, I would probably plan a couple of desserts – like strawberry shortcakes, or a pie, or maybe sundaes – but I am an unmitigated dessert girl.

Post # 5
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We host/are hosted by friends pretty often (we’re academics scattered all over the country). Usually, we all pay our own way for meals out. I’ll buy a meal if I know the other person is broke or if I’m being hosted and I haven’t gotten a separate thank-you gift. 


For snacks and beverages, ask if there’s anything they’d prefer to have in the house. I know I feel more at home when I have my normal daily stuff. (For me, that goes for breakfast, too… I’d rather have my normal yogurt and granola than a big breakfast.)


For major meals and outings, giving your guests options are a very good thing. You don’t have to plan everything, and your guests may be coming with some things in mind that they’d like to do to check out the town. I wouldn’t invest a lot in food that you have to cook right away if you think they might want to check out the town by going out to restaurants (my fiancé and I do this!).


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