Post # 1
What do you have in your guest bedrooms and bathrooms to make houseguests feel welcome/comfortable?
For the bedroom, plenty of pillows, an extra blanket, a snuggly throw, a clock, full length mirror, TV, bottled water, books/magazines, closet space and spare hangers… what else? I try to have fresh flowers, too.
For the bathroom, plenty of towels and extra TP and individual-size toiletries in an easily accessible place. Anything else you’d want to see?
Also, food. When we have houseguests I try to stock up on breakfast things (eggs, milk, bacon, cereal, bread) since that is the meal most likely to be eaten at home. And I’ll usually plan dinner for the day they arrive, but play the rest of the meals by ear.
What about snacks? My husband and I try to eat really healthfully at home, so we never have things like chips, cookies, and soda around, and pretty much only eat at mealtimes. It occurred to me after a recent guest brought her own stash of cheese cracker/peanut butter snack packs that maybe we should get some snacky things for guests. Do you want to snack when you’re staying at somebody else’s house? What kinds of things should we get? We usually have bananas, apples, and/or pears, but I know those aren’t very exciting.
Post # 3
Try getting healthy snacks, read labels on chips and cookie bags, some ARE healthy enough for you to get and not worry about them being junk food.
Have hummus and baba ghanou, and other “dips”and already cut up veggies (so they just take it out of the fridge already prepared) and nut butters (you don’t have to have peanut butter, almond butter is a good choice) and healthy crackers.
Post # 4
Good ideas. Thanks!
And I don’t mind buying junky stuff if we’re having guests and that’s what they like. If people are used to snacking I don’t want them to feel like they have to starve between meals (or bring their own groceries).
Post # 5
why not leave a little basket in the room with bottled water and snacks? also, i would leave your wifi password. here’s a link to a newly done & awesome guest room.
Post # 6
Wow sounds like you treat your guests right! I don’t think you’re missing anything!! I’m amazed you thought of mini toiletries haha.
For food, we eat healthy too but I keep a stash of chips, salsa, cheese & crackers, and pretzels. I also keep puff pastry in the freezer b/c I make a lot of appetizers with it, so sometimes I’ll throw something together before people come by. I also alwasy have a stash of beer in the fridge too…for the record though, the bulk of our guests are college-age siblings or mid-20s single guys, so that’s what I’m appealing to.
Post # 7
@mamadingdong: Thanks! I love the snack basket idea! That way they don’t have to feel like they’re raiding my kitchen – which as a hostess I don’t mind, but as a guest I always feel awkward doing even if invited to.
@Seaside: Cheese and crackers are my favorite! Want extra sharp white cheddar now. And I collect mini toiletries from hotels. I think it’s nicer than having used bottles of things in the shower that have been there for who knows how long.