Loved Ones Are Coming… Getting Ready for Overnight Guests

I love having guests in my home! 
It does take a bit of prep work, but it is so worth
the planning and legwork in the end!
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Source: Thomas Kinkade Art with permission

To make things easier, a few days before guests arrive,
I go in and sit in the guest room.
I spend 10 minutes thinking about the personality,
likes, and preferences of the person or people who are
coming to stay with us.

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Then, I make sure the pillows are fluffed,
extra blankets are there, and I try to anticipate
any potential issues WAY ahead of time.

 

Source: Postcard Collection 1981 with permission

 

Little thoughtful details ~ like a recent issue

of my guest’s

favorite magazine

on the bedside table

make all the difference.

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If I know them well, I DVR the programs or shows
I know that my guest loves.
 
Of course, the big, fluffy white guest towels are placed
on the foot of the bed,
and I always cut fresh flowers from my garden f
or the nightstand.

 

Comfort is of utmost importance,
and that includes the big and little things
that make a person
feel welcome.

To me, that means leaving breath mints in the side drawer,
and a nice tall clear glass and a few bottles of water
in a basket
on the bench at the foot of the bed.

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Other items that are placed in the basket
include a pen, notepad,
a few cards and envelopes
with postage stamps.  

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If guests will be staying for a week or more,
they receive a key to the Cottage on a special keychain,
and we leave a guidebook of our town
to help them decide
what they might like to see

or do while visiting.

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Are there any

special routine preparations

that you do to get ready for guests?

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