I don't know about you but as soon as Halloween comes and goes, I feel like my front door is a revolving door of friends, family and other guest along the way. Over the years I've hosted many dinner parties, holiday get together's and many guest from out of town who stay for an extended amount of time. I've compiled a few tips & tricks I live by to ensure they are comfortable and so am I...hosting is hard!
Toiletries: I can't stress this enough! Guests typically only pack their own toiletries if they're particular about their products or they are staying at a hotel, so be sure to be prepared. Plan ahead by having the basics on hand. This includes toothbrushes, toothpaste, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash and maybe some added hair products or sprays. Putting together a little basket in the guest bathroom will not only let the guests know that it's available to them, but also it is SO welcoming!
Snacks: Check ahead to see if anyone prefers a specific snack and have it on hand so that they know you are excited to have them and make them feel at home. Along these lines, put some water bottles in their room by the bed for overnight.
Tidy Up: This is incredibly basic, but definitely still needs to be touched on. Even if it's your little sibling or another family member you're incredibly close with, still clean up around the house. Not only is it nice to walk into a clean house, but this eliminates the stress of your guest feeling like they have to clean up for you (ie. if your mom is coming to stay!).
Make Plans: Guests who are coming to stay overnight typically don't know the area or are here to do some fun things. Think outside of the box, or at least seasonally on what you could have planned for your out of towners!
Don't Forget the Kiddos: If you are, or know someone who's a parent...you know the hassle of traveling with kids. They have to bring the whole house pretty much, so go out and pick up some age appropriate toys or games and let the parents know in advance so that it's one less thing they need to pack to keep their little ones entertained!
Hope this short list helps you this Thanksgiving and winter when hosting!