10.25.2012

Prepping For Guests

 With the holidays quickly approaching it is time to think about making a comfortable space for your guests. It used to be that when I had overnight guests coming or just a holiday get together I would get all stressed about having to have the house PERFECT. Well, I still want a nice clean and presentable home, but I don't go bonkers anymore on making it perfect. Well, maybe a little bonkers. They say wisdom comes with age and I guess it does.

Here are some essentials for overnight guests to make their stay enjoyable.

You should always put out fresh towels. Other things that are nice is bottled water or a nice carafe with a glass and fresh flowers are an extra nice touch.

Ice cold water in this chilled server is really nice.

Be sure to decorate sparingly and leave room for your guests to place their things by the bed. Offer some reading material, too and good lighting.

Make a place in the closet and drawers for their things. Now my closets are in bad shape and I must clean them out, but I can make room for things to hang. I need to clean out and take things to Good Will again. 

Making a comfortable bed is important. Best to offer a variety of pillows such as a couple firm or medium and a couple of soft ones. I do press my cotton sheets for my guests especially if it is not a family member. My family members don't really care. You should offer light and heavy blankets or quilts.

Be sure to have plenty of bathroom necessities on hand such as toilet paper so your guests don't have to ask for it. It is nice to also have soaps, toothpaste, extra toothbrushes, and other toiletries just in case your guests forget something.


I have a special guest coming this weekend and the room is all ready. I will share who soon.
It is a fellow blogger. We will be joining other bloggers at the Country Living Fair on Saturday.
I can't wait! This will be my first time going.

My special guest will not tell who she is. Shhhhhh.

How do you prepare for guests?


All of these images came from marthastewart.com and you can find out even more ways to
get ready for guests.







29 comments:

  1. Great idea's, for the guest who stay with you are very well supplied. Everything looks wonderful.
    Cindy

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  2. Darn it, and it's not me!~~~~ I want that room next time Kim. Have a blast! I am so happy to see you having so much fun and making all kinds of new friends.

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  3. I'm so envious you'll be going to the fair! I would definitely be there if I had not already committed to service work in our community this weekend. Hope you'll post pictures next week!

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  4. I would like to book that room with the red check curtains, please! Cant wait to see what treasures you snag at the fair!

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  5. Ooooh...I am a jealous girl! I so want to go this weekend. I hope you girls have an absolute blast!

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  6. I love this post!...I have lots of company since moving to NC...I try to make them as comfortable as possible...but I never thought to offer them a variety of pillows..and love the idea of the bottled water chilled in that beautiful container...I am sure your guest will feel like a queen!....no, more like Princess Kate!!...love those images from Martha!

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  7. Great post! Like the water in the chilled server ...great idea! And your pretty guest room looks cozy and inviting! Have fun at the County Living Show! I went last year and had a blast!

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  8. I know you are going to have so much fun at the fair this weekend. Hate that I'm missing it! I'm sure your special guest will enjoy her stay at your house.

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  9. Now how long did you want me to stay. Everything looks so inviting!!

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  10. oh my gosh, so exciting to have a fellow blogger as a house guest.ou welcome people so warmly to your home, really good advice, since we sold our home we rarely have house guests, no room!! We have a lovely bed and breakfast just down the street that we pay for our guests to stay at.I hope you have a wonderful day.I\m so glad I came back to blogging after my blog crashed, I wasn't going to but I'm glad I have.We make such good friends and this post of yours shows us the true friend connections we make not just Cyber space friends but real life friends!

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  11. The icy water bottle is a nice idea. OK...TELL US WHO THE GUEST IS PLEASE???
    www.classiccasualhome.com

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  12. That sounds like so much fun Kim! Enjoy your time visiting and shopping!:)

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  13. Sounds like you have a fun filled weekend planned Kim!! The room looks great! I love having overnight guests!

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  14. All great ideas. I never offer blankets and throws. Have a great time at the fair.

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  15. Can't wait to see who you are having over and to see what you two come up with.

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  16. these are wonderful ideas--extra blankets and more hanging space are something I need to make room for!

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  17. So many great tips for making guests feel comfortable in our homes. I'll be at the fair this weekend. Hopefully I'll fun into you! Have fun!!

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  18. Hi Kim, I'm going to be at the Country Living Fair on Friday. It's my first time too. I'm so looking forward to it. Take lots of pictures & I'll look forward to seeing them. Have fun with your mystery guest!

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  19. Oh my, you sound like such a wonderful hostess. Hope you have a great time at the fair...that sounds like so much fun!

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  20. so much fun! I'd love to go the that fair. Your special guest is lucky to be welcomed into your beautiful home =)

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  21. I too am excited about the Southern Living Fair...my mom flew in from PA last night, we're going early bird tomorrow morning!! :)

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  22. you are a great caring hostess

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  23. Sounds like you are going to have a great weekend. Great tips for houseguests!

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  24. Great inspiration pics! Can't wait to see who the special guest is :o)
    ~Des

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  25. Those are such great tips! I do all of the above, except for the water next to the bed. I really need to get on that!

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  26. I provide flowers from my flower garden on the bedside table and in the bathroom. I try to keep the guestroom ready but such is not the case always. Have fun at the Country Living Fair. I am missing it again. But I am seeing my daughter-better for me. xo, olive

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  27. How fun! I'm sure your special guest will love the bedroom!

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  28. Ok so when can I make a reservation.....love it all!

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