Erika called me the other day and asked me to help her plan which meals to make when her family comes into town and stays with her. As we started discussing, she said, “Why don’t you just make it a blog post and I’ll do that?”. Ha! Okay! I sure will!
Every year around this time, we have family and/or friends who come and stay with us, so I thought I’d share a few of my tips for hosting overnight guests and then maybe you can share yours too in the comment section. ‘Tis that time of year, right?!
We have a dedicated guest bedroom in our house…
…which I try and make as comfy as possible when we have overnight guests. That being said, every other Christmas, we have so many people spend the night, that not only do we use our guest bedroom, but we use two or three of the kids’ rooms too, so these tips don’t just apply for dedicated guest rooms, I think they apply for all rooms. Here’s what I like to do:
1: Put fresh linens on the bed. I always wash my guest sheets after they’re used, but if it’s been a few months, I’ll wash them again so that they’re super fresh. I also make sure I have lots of blankets and pillows so that they can have as many or as little as they like. I always put fresh linens on the kids’ beds when they’re being used for guests too and remove as many stuffed animals as possible from there 🙂 .
2: I clear out space in the closet for their things. My guest bedroom closet is a catchall for so many random things, but when I know guests are coming, I move that stuff out (shoving it in the most random places around my house), so that my guests have a place to hang their clothes, etc. I do this in the kids’ closets too when people stay in their room. I always make space for their things.
3: I try and leave current magazines by the bedside for them to enjoy, I provide an alarm clock and the WiFi password.
4: In the guest bathroom (or the kids’ bathroom), I leave plenty of guest towels in three sizes (bath, hand and washcloth sizes), toilet paper, brand new bars of soap, loofahs and lotion.
Now, I’ve totally had host fail moments in the past. More than once, I’ve forgotten about our grandfather clock and cuckoo clocks. My family is so used to those clocks that the noise doesn’t disturb us at all. We sleep right through the little sounds they make…but guests do not. Ugh! I always feel SO TERRIBLE when I forget to turn them off!! I also used to forget to leave the WiFi password out for guests, but have learned that it really helps them if it’s located some place easy to find and if the password is simple. I make it a point to leave it in their room.
I try and always buy something for my guests to take home with them. I like to leave new lotions, soaps and such in the bathroom with a note that it’s theirs to enjoy and take home and then sometimes, I leave gifts (like popcorn from our local popcorn shop) in their room as a little parting gift.
When guests are parking cars at our house overnight, we give them remotes to our garage doors so that they can come and go easily.
Also, when I have guests with little ones, I always offer to provide things like high chairs and pack and plays so that they don’t have to worry with bringing them. I have all of this stuff now, but before I did, I would borrow it from friends.
So, those are just a few tips I use when entertaining overnight company. What do you do? I’m sure I could use many more!!!
Here are a few recipes I might make when hosting overnight company too (the real reason Erika called that day!)…
On day one, I will probably make something savory for breakfast. I like breakfast casseroles like this Sausage Migas Breakfast one because I can make it the night before and just pop it in the oven the day of.
I use my slow cooker a lot when hosting people because it gives me more time to hang out with my company and less time prepping dinner. My Best Slow Cooker Brisket is something I would make for dinner one night.
And for dessert? I love trifles because again, they can be made ahead of time! This Chocolate Gingerbread Trifle is t-otally awesome this time of year!
The second morning, I like to make something sweet since we had savory the day before. My Pumpkin Spice Pecan Monkey Bread for the win!
And I’ll use that slow cooker again if I can for another easy (yet yummy!) recipe like Chicken Fajita Soup!
So, cobblers and crisps are my FAVORITE desserts to eat. Period. Without a doubt. My Berry Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler makes this girl’s heart HAPPY!
So, that’s a little bit about how we entertain overnight guests. I’m sure you ladies have some awesome ideas to share!! Please comment and help us all out! xo