Guest post by Heather from Creative Family Moments
The holidays are right around the corner and that means house guests for many of us. We don’t have a large house, but we’ve always wanted to make our home a welcoming place for family and friends so we make it work. Over the last year, we’ve had twenty people come through our house, and we’ve come up with a few fun tips to make the guests feel extra welcome and the kids get involved in the preparation:
- Make a Welcome Letter. Just like hotels and B&Bs, make a letter to your guests covering some basics that might make them feel more at home like how to get on the internet, what they should do with towels, etc. As a family, we developed a B&B template that you are free to use! We call our make-believe B&B the Humranch House. We don’t own a ranch, but we have a dog and we’re pretty wild.
- Use Those Samples! Make a nice basket full of goodies with all your free samples that you leave in the room your guests will be residing. Make a little “For Those Who Forgot…” note if you’re worried that they’ll take all your goodies! Aside from all our wonderful body wash, lotions, shampoos, hair product, and pain reliever samples, we include a couple pairs of earplugs, a sewing kit (got that from a hotel actually!), and a small baggie of Q-tips.
- Pretend You’re Traveling. Take a moment to put yourself in your guest’s shoes. What would you want to have if you were a guest? In my case, as a light sleeper, I’d want something to mask odd noise, so we always place an extra fan or a sound machine in the room. We also make a night light and extra blankets and pillows available.
- Chocolate. Yes, chocolate. We have yet to have a guest enter their room without a gasp of surprise or laughter. You see, we always place some chocolate on their pillows! Usually it’s something simple that we’ve purchased with coupons like some Rolos, an Andes Mint, or Hershey’s Miniatures. But once, for a couple’s anniversary, we put a full chocolate bar on each pillow. They loved it!
Heather Humrichouse loves to live life purposefully by celebrating the ordinary every day. Her family and their often bizarre celebrations can be found at Creative Family Moments.