(Closed) How to prepare for houseguests – what do you stock up on?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Tea (my Mother-In-Law drinks a lot of it)


TP, paper towels

make sure there is enough shampoo/conditioner/soap in the bathroom

make sure there are tampons, extra toothbrushes and toothpaste in guest bath

candles, febreeze

Post # 4
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I go into the $1 travel section at Target and buy all types of those kind of things.  I would also maybe buy extra bath towels for this event depending on how many people are staying.

Post # 6
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

I try to keep things in the house that specific guest likes – like my Mother-In-Law drinks Coca Cola…so if I remember I try to keep that in the house.

But for a large group of people I make sure to have shampoo/conditioner in the guest room and fresh/clean towels, magazines in the bathroom to read, and I wash the sheets.

I make sure to have assorted snacks they can help themselves too and different beverages. I also put an ash tray out on the balcony since my in-laws are smokers.

I guess I do more things around the house as opposed to buying new things.

Post # 8
2889 posts
Sugar bee

Drinks and snacks  are at the top of my list and specifically, things that they like that we never have. I would also consider red wine (my in-laws drink it way more than we do). I like to make sure the house is extra clean and everything in its place so if there’s a frame I’ve been meaning to hang or fill, I’d do that before they arrive.

Post # 10
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Depends on how many people are coming, but I always make sure to have plenty of basic things on hand. Bread,milk,eggs,bagels,condiments,snacks,soda,lunchmeat,cheese,cereal…things they can take care of themselves if hungry between meals.

Post # 11
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hide all of your unmentionables!! But really, definitely stock up on breakfasty & lunch things and snacks of course. Get cans/bottles of water/juice/soda and stash in a cooler somewhere out of the way with plenty of ice so they’re not taking up room in the fridge. Lots of TP, Paper towels, and paper plates(if you don’t have a dishwasher) If they’re not from the area at all, a map from AAA or your local tourist office. Take out menus in an easy to find place. Laundry detergent is also good, you’ll be doing a lot. If you’re grilling at all, fill the propane tank. Also, if you have the room, set up an ironing station out of the way of every day traffic. 

****tip… look at what people have in their reception bath baskets and Out of Town bags and put all that in a spot for the guests****

If you have anything sensitive on your computer, move it to a jump drive and store it out of the way. Make sure that you have bathroom spray or other scenty things in there. If you have a guest bath, get some extra cheap white towels of all sizes that you can bleach when you wash. Consider leaving out pens/paper etc in a easy spot. And make sure you leave coffee stuff out … coffee, mugs, filters, sugar near your coffee maker. 


As for cleaning, start cleaning now.. like clean the guest bedroom & bath now and just leave it shut and do touch ups the day or two before when you make the bed. it’s better to do it all now than the day or two before. If you can, clean under your kitchen appliances and clean out the fridge/oven/pantry and wash out your trashcan (it get stinky) 


Good luck!

Post # 12
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Depends on the guest and what they like to eat or snack on. Usually I make sure to have a lot of bagels, cream cheese, and OJ. I wouldn’t worry too much if I were you, I’m sure they understand you have lots to do and are stressed about the wedding.

Post # 13
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I always make sure my pantry and fridge are stocked with breakfast items, cereal, eggs, toast, bagels, pancake mix, juice, ice, bacon, sausage etc. When we stay at my MIL’s house, she always has little containers in the fridge of pre-chopped veggies, ham and cheese for omelettes, so all we have to do is crack a few eggs and stir. Kleenex, aspirin, toilet paper, paper towel, disposable plates and cutlery just in case you order take out or something.

Post # 14
1254 posts
Bumble bee

I might be the only one who does this, but I save the extra branded shampoo/conditioner/soap/lotions/etc. I get from hotel rooms and put them in a basket for my guests to use. I have an assortment of flavors for them to choose from, and I’m always told that it’s a neat idea. Many of them take bottles to go, like lotions for their purse.  

Personally, I prefer to use a new cube of soap or mini-bottle of shampoo, than one that’s been sitting in the bathroom for how ever long.

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