Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests
Receiving people in your home is an amazing experience. Hosting is one of the greatest ways to show your loved ones that you care about them. It is always nice to share your home with friends and family.
However, it is not the same having guests for a fancy dinner as hosting guests overnight. It takes preparations to a whole new level. Now you have to think about getting the guest room ready and supplying all the basic elements needed for your guests.
In this blog, we’ll be going over a few tips and recommendations to be the perfect host and provide a loving service for your people. So if you have overnight guests coming, be sure to read carefully.
The guest room
The first thing you need to properly host overnight is the guest room. This is especially important because it holds the key to a good night’s sleep. We want our guests to be comfortable and secure enough to get a restorative night’s sleep.
It is true that not all of us have the luxury of counting a guest room among the rooms in our home, but there are ways around this. You can always prepare a nice little place in your living room, or switch your family members into different rooms in order to make space for your guests. There are always possible solutions, and we are here to help you through it.
Let’s see how we can turn your guest room, or any other room into a shrine of comfort and delight.
Get the bed in order
The bed is the number one objective in preparing to host guests, since it’s your guest’s main place of rest. It should be a sturdy bed with an appropriate mattress, one that’s not too soft nor too hard. You should check the quality and state of the linen for proper hygiene conditions.
A nice sheet set can go a long way to make sleeping pleasurable for your guest. A good comforter or duvet is in order. A couple of throw pillows would be like cherries on the cake.
If you want to ensure the best quality sheet set for your guest beds, take a look at our 100% Organic Cotton 400 Thread Count Bed Sheet Set. This set is amazingly breathable, it will keep your guests cool and fresh throughout the night.
Another great set is the Jersey Knit 100% Cotton 4-Piece Bed Sheet Set. It has all the advantages of cotton with the jersey knit style. This set gets softer with every wash and your guests will feel like they are sleeping in their favorite t-shirt.
Make it lively
Once you have the bed in order, it is time to add some niceties for ambiance and convenience. Set up a little nightstand near the bed, with an alarm clock.
Place a chair and a little table near the window. Have some books and a few magazines ready for light reading. Provide a notepad and a pen.
A few decoration details can make a huge difference. Set up some paintings or decorations around the room. A nice vase with flowers is always a nice welcoming gesture.
Another option to liven up the room is through a stylish duvet cover. Check out our Faux Fur Duvet Cover Set to grant an extra touch of elegance to the guest room. This duvet cover is extremely comfortable and is a great way to add a touch of luxury to the room.
Check out our Soft Velvet Duvet Cover Set for another coverlet that will level up the guestroom. This coverlet is plush to the touch while being very durable. Guaranteed to heighten your bedding sophistication.
Have space for unpacking
Your house guests might be staying for one night or several. Depending on the amount of time they are staying, consider providing a space for them to unpack. Even if it is for one night, it is always nice to have a designated place to keep your basic utilities.
If it’s going to be a prolonged stay, you need to consider a place for them to store their clothing, which means a cabinet or an armoire would be necessary.
Your guests will be thankful for the opportunity to organize their belongings in a suitable manner.
Be mindful of the tech
We all know it is impossible to travel without a few technological gadgets nowadays. When there’s tech, there must be a power outlet. Be mindful of providing a power strip for your guest’s cellphones, tablets, and laptops, so they can charge and use them on demand.
It is also convenient to place a little note with the Wi-Fi password since that question is obviously coming. You could also add important information like a contact number in case of emergencies and instructions for the T.V. if you have one in the room.
The bathroom situation
Once the guest room is resolved, it is time to consider the second most important room. The bathroom is usually shared unless you are lucky enough to have a guest bathroom, and that presents a series of challenges that will need to be addressed. So this section will tackle this issue.
Unless you have that lucky extra toilet, you’ll see that space for a guest in your bathroom can be quite challenging. There are a lot of different articles in the bathroom: towels, hygiene products, medication, toiletries, etc. It all gets even more difficult if the bathroom is shared with the family.
Bathroom articles feel very personal, and even sharing the space can be uncomfortable, so it is a matter to attend. A possible solution is to organize the cabinet, leaving ample shelf space for our guests to use according to their needs.
Another possible solution is to provide a nice basket guests can carry from the room to the bathroom. This might be the best solution if there is not a lot of space to share around in your bathroom counter.
Some guests will surely travel with their own towel set, but some may not. Either way, it is always a good gesture to provide your guests with a set of towels for their stay. A nice touch would be to neatly lay the towels on the bed before the guests arrive.
Be sure to check out our 6-Piece Towel Set, 100% Terry Cotton if you want to provide your guests with a complete towel package of the greatest quality. This set brings two bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths to cover all your guest's needs. They are extra fluffy and highly absorbent, a great combination for a towel that dries your skin while feeling super soft.
Be mindful of the essentials
You’ll probably find guests that will travel with a complete set of the toiletries they need. Some of them won’t though, and it is a good thing to be prepared for the latter.
Another reason to provide essential toiletries is that it is a good way of not sharing your own. Personal items respond to personal needs, and you might prefer not to have your belongings at your guest’s disposal.
So take care to provide the basic necessities like shampoo, body wash, soap, and toothpaste. Your guests will be thankful and consider you thoughtful for it.
Also, be sure to point out where your guest can find the extra toilet paper if it runs out. Give clear directions on discarding certain items and where the trash can is.
Notify your guest where they can find the toilet brush and plunger to avoid them having to ask possible embarrassing questions.
Coordinate the schedule
Shower time can be a hassle when multiple people need it at the same time, so here is another great tip if you have to share the bathroom: think ahead and arrange a schedule according to everyone's needs.
Some people like morning showers or need to shower before work. Others prefer a bath before bedtime. Be sure to check with everyone involved and keep an organized timeframe in order to be efficient.
The shared spaces
The guest room and bathroom are essentials in your home, but your place is much more than that. Your guest will probably be using shared spaces like the kitchen and living room, and there are ways to keep those places neat and comfortable for you and your guests.
The living room
The living room is a very important place because you’ll probably be doing most of the shared activities there. Just hanging out or resting together is an important part of hosting and also a very enriching experience. So let’s see what you can do to make the most out of it.
Think about setting up the space in a manner that will maximize social interaction. Play around with the furniture, and rearrange it in a way that can comfortably hold you, your family, and your guest, depending on how many of you are there.
You can always add little details to the room to make it more cozy and comfortable. Throw pillows can be a great addition to make everyone cozy while chatting or playing some games.
Take a look at our Throw Pillow Insert Sets for a pack of throw pillows you can place around chairs and couches to make everyone more comfortable. They come in different sizes to suit your every need.
The kitchen is another shared space you should be mindful of. You might want to cook for your guest, or your guest might want to cook for you! Whatever the scenario is, having a clear idea of where the cooking utensils and appliances are is very important for any would-to-be chef.
Be sure to check on diets or nutritional limitations like allergies, and also list the things you and your guest enjoy for lunch and dinner.
Set up a good coffee station for a quick beverage and be mindful of the pantry to keep everything you need in stock.
Keep an open channel of communication
All the tips we are providing are great ways to anticipate your guest's needs and anything that they might want, but there is always room for improvement and errors.
Be sure to let your guest know that he can talk to you about anything they might require. This will provide a line of open communication that will also serve you if you need to establish boundaries and house rules.
We all want our guests to be comfortable when we are hosting, and the same can be said for the host. Knowing you can talk about possible issues helps your overnight guests feel more comfortable, so the only thing that is left is the most important one, to have fun!
Hosting can be a wonderful experience, and if you take the time to prepare for it you’ll be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Your guests will remember their stay with you fondly and will probably host you sometime in the future.
We hope this blog has been helpful in providing some tips to host like a professional. Don’t forget to check on the following products to turn your home into a palace for guests:
Take a look at Mellanni’s sheet catalog to find the best sheet sets available on the market.
If you want a breathable set to keep your guests cool and fresh during the night, go for the 100% Organic Cotton 400 Thread Count Bed Sheet Set.
For a comfortable night that feels like sleeping in your favorite t-shirt, take a look at the Jersey Knit 100% Cotton 4-Piece Bed Sheet Set.
Upgrade the guest bedroom with Mellanni’s duvet covers and comforters, they will add levels of comfort and style to any bedroom.
Our Faux Fur Duvet Cover Set will add a touch of luxury to any room while being very comfortable.
Be sure to check on the Soft Velvet Duvet Cover Set if you feel like providing a duvet cover that’s plush to the touch.
Bring out the best towels available with the 6-Piece Towel Set, 100% Terry Cotton. Your guest will be thankful for this complete package at their disposal.
Consider our Throw Pillow Insert Sets for a pack of pillows that will turn any room into a comfortable place to chill with your guests.