Most of us have overnight guests once in a while. And most of us have been an overnight guest our share of times. When entertaining overnight guests I like to make them feel at home. To accomplish this I try to think of things that make me feel at home. I don't get all crazy and think I need to have them feel as though they're at the Palazzo or something with robes and a mini bar but I want them to feel comfy.
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Here's what I do:
- Clean sheets. I know we all think that's an obvious one. Let me tell you a little story. My family and I traveled to an unnamed destination to stay with unnamed people several years ago. Our hosts apparently purchased new sheets for the bed we were sleeping on - a nice gesture - but failed to wash them before putting them on the bed. So for more than a few days we slept on these unwashed, chemically smelling sheets. I didn't have the heart to say anything and never had an opportunity to sneak the sheets into the wash. I will never forget that. My dad always says 'clean clothes are dirty clothes'. That goes for sheets (& towels) as well.
- Clean towels. I generally offer one bath, one hand and one wash cloth. Just like at a hotel! But I know people have different towel requirements so I will let the guests know where the other towels are if they'd like to help themselves to them. If someone stays for a few days I'll usually wash towels after the 3rd day unless there's a reason to do it sooner.
- Extra Blankets. Only in the winter since we're in Arizona. In a colder climate I would offer one all year round. I will place this at the end of the bed.
- Toiletries. I will put a small basket out with shampoo conditioner, soap, bath gel, lotion. We have oodles of these small size from travelling (yes, I am one of those who takes those things home. I know some people call this stealing. I don't.) I also have small toothpaste tubes available. I picked up a few of these after an unnamed guest took home one of our large tubes when they forgot their own toothpaste at home. And while I don't put them out, I have a nice supply of toothbrushes.
Before our guests arrive I ask them about any dietary requirements, allergies, etc. I also ask about drinks since we have very little to drink here besides milk,coffee, tea, wine and water. We don't buy soda or juice as a general rule but if a guest wants it I am more than happy to oblige. Upon their arrival I show them around the kitchen and ask them to help themselves to anything.
I think what I do is pretty basic. Do you do anything different or more extravagant? I'd love to hear...