For those of us who pride ourselves on being the hostess with the mostess, hosting overnight guests is both extremely fun and extremely time consuming! Lots of prep goes into creating a warm and welcoming environment for guests, so we have laid out a few tips for you to make the process a little easier!
1. Start with Inviting Bedding
An inviting bed is essential to making your guests feel at home. To ensure that your guests have a good night’s sleep, make the guest bed with freshly laundered, soft cotton sheets.
Remember that the more you wash your linens, the softer they get…give new sheets a quick wash or two before making your guest’s bed to make them extra soft!
Another tip about bedding: a recent study showed that most people sleep better in a white bed. Something about a white bed connotes luxury and a good night’s sleep…just a little food for thought!
2. Provide Suitable Lighting
Be sure to provide a good reading lamp in the guest room with soft lighting, or go for bedside sconces. Just make sure the lighting is not harsh. A single overhead light can leave a room feeling cold, rather than warm and comfy.
Modern Silver Tree Lamp – $247.50 – In Stock in our Greenwich, CT store for QUICK SHIPPING or Pickup.
A nice touch for a guest room is to leave your overnight guests with a few refreshments. Set out a tray with glasses and a pitcher of water, and perhaps a few wrapped cookies or granola bars. This way, your pampered guests won’t have to walk to the kitchen if they get thirsty or hungry during the night. Add some fresh flowers into the mix too!
White Ceramic Seahorse Pitcher – $55 – QUICK SHIPPING
5. Pay Attention to the Details
There are subtle ways that you can anticipate the needs of your guests. Make it easy for your guests to get settled- luggage racks make unpacking easy!
Take a cue from designer Mary McDonald: “I spritz the room with a lavender linen spray and put out a bottle of Perrier so it feels like a little French hotel.” You can also fill the room with a beautifully fragrant candle like this one from Laduree:
Laduree Rose Geranium Candle – $81 – QUICK SHIPPING
Apothecary Guild Peach Blossom Candle Jar with Dome – $36 – QUICK SHIPPING
Bonus points for DVRing your guest’s favorite shows!
6. Create a Luxurious Guest Bath
Every bathroom should be complete with lusciously soft towels, chic vanity accessories, and luxurious products. Stock your guest bath with freshly washed towels and make all the necessities are present – nicely scented body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and a moisturizing hand soap. A vanity tray for jewelry is also always a nice touch!
Lavender Rosemary Handcare Caddy with Soap & Lotion – $30 – QUICK SHIPPING