Last weekend we had the pleasure of hosting our dear friends from Michigan which has me thinking about what it means to me to be a good hostess or at least how I try to be. First and foremost, I truly enjoy having company and want any guests in our home to feel welcome and comfortable…whether it is for a week, a weekend, or just an evening.
Hosting doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, all you need is a little forethought…
My to-do list the week before having guests usually includes the routine cleaning and grocery shopping..making every effort not to wait until the last minute. I like to think of a few of our favorite restaurants in advance that our guests might enjoy so we aren’t stuck spending too much time deciding where to eat (Mark and I are TERRIBLE when it comes to this) It also doesn’t hurt to have some ideas of things to-do or places to go.
This goes hand-in-hand with planning ahead, try to be aware of any dietary restrictions, allergies or preferences guests might have and you can accommodate accordingly. This will avoid any awkwardness when you unknowingly make bacon & eggs for breakfast.
A little extra effort can go a long way…consider adding fresh flowers to your guest room, spare toiletries in the bathroom and have extra pillows & blankets accessible. As someone who has a hard time falling asleep without white noise (usually a fan) I recently added a sound machine by the guest bed for anyone who might share my quirk.
These simple things not only benefit your guests, but can help you ENJOY your time with your company instead of stressing, what’s more important than that?