The wedding is fast approaching which means we will have a full house of family and friends staying with us. A lot of our guests are traveling all the way from Australia and for some it will be their first trip to America!
Making your guests feel welcome and special is a gift that truly enriches their experience and their stay with you. It also let’s your loved ones know how much they mean to you. And the best part of all? IT’S EASY & INNEXPENSIVE!!!
All you have to do is give just a little bit of your time. Once you’ve purchased the essentials listed below, you will never have to buy them again, yet these essentials can be enjoyed by many of your guests for years to come.
If you have a designated guest room, you probably already know the fundamentals that everybody knows … provide clean sheets, clean towels, and maybe go above and beyond and stock a few of the basics like soap and shampoo. If you stop there, most likely, your guests will see this as nice … but will they feel special? Here is a way to make them feel loved, feel special and feel welcomed. Honestly, these three easy steps have made my guests happier than any gift we could have given them.
Essentials: This is all you will need:
Now I’ll tell you where the “specialness” comes in.
Your picture frames of various sizes: I personally have 8 frames, that look something like this:
The style of the frames is completely up to you – any mismatching frames of various sizes will do. Now, you have to fill these frames with pictures of your guests. Try to make them as personal as possible, but if you can’t, there’s always the wonderful world of social media that has LOTS of their personal pictures that you can download and print at home. Print them out and fill ALL of your frames. Continue this tradition as new people don your guest room … the pictures of people who have stayed there before are underneath the newest special guest.
A corkboard with a nice frame: You can get as fancy or as minimalistic as you want for this one. This board will contain a wonderful “welcome” message, along with things your guests may need to know around the house … wifi passwords, where snacks and drinks are kept, how to work the television, how to turn on the spa, where to find more towels etc. Consider this a “welcome” and “house rules” board. If you have left over pictures, add them to the board. Below are some examples of corkboards.
I have even sometimes made individual labels for my guests and got them ‘sippy’ cups with their names on them. I also went down to AAA and got a couple of tour books and maps since they wanted to venture out and see southern California for themselves. Again – FREE!
So the next time you have guests coming to visit, think about how you can personalize their stay and make it just a little extra special. Or if you have your own special tips and tricks for getting your home “Guest Ready”, we would love to hear them!