Friday, November 13, 2015

Tips For Making House Guests Feel Pampered

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Now that we approach the big holiday season, we expect to have a few more overnight guests. Which is a welcomed change from the last eight years! Ever since Kyle & I got married, we have alternated spending the holidays with each of our families. It has been so much fun getting together for the holidays & it's something we have all cherished, but with a month old baby, traveling is just not in our plans this year. If you are in a similar situation & are having family visit you this year, then keep reading because I've got some tips for making your guests feel pampered & loved! 

In the past we've had guests arrive in the wee hours of the night, and even though they are our dear friends & family they sometimes feel a little reluctant to go downstairs and raid our fridge for a midnight snack or drink. That's why I like to have a good mix of snacks & essentials in our guest bedroom. Plus, I feel like the welcome basket immediately translates to guests that you care about them & their needs {which hopefully makes them feel a little more at home}. 
When creating this basket, I tried to keep in mind that most of our potential guests would be flying across the country to visit, and of the items they might easily forget and/or want when they arrived.

I must have the worst immune system on the planet, because every time I travel I get sick {Yes. Every.Single.Time.}. It's no fun, so I thought I'd try and ease someone else's pain in case they are anything like me when they travel. So, I stocked the basket with some of my favorite products, snacks & toiletries. Feel free to customize it with what you think your guest would enjoy:)!
I started by adding all the big essentials in the basket. Like: Smart Water, this little convenience gives guests the feeling of being pampered & hopefully adds a bit of luxury to the room.
Since moving to Ohio, I've found that I have severe allergies to pollen, which I've never experienced anywhere else {probably due to living in desert regions}. So, I also like to have a pack of Kleenex handy for guests, in case they too get allergies here. 
 I love HALLS for sore throat relief plus, I always seem to be in need of it after flying!
Premium saltine crackers are really nice to have on hand, especially if you have guests with kids visiting, because sometimes they just need a little something to munch on during the night. 
I know I've said it before, but I am a huge germophobe! I'm one of those people that likes to disinfect their luggage & really anything that might have touched the inside of the plane:D! So, I also like to add Lysol wipes, so guests can wipe down anything they like.
I like to put the smaller items in clear plastic bags & doll them up with baker's twine. I think it makes the basket feel more personal & thoughtful. 

Much cuter, right? 
I do this with the rest of the goodies. 
You can really add just about anything to these baskets. These toiletries are ones you really don't want to bother packing in your suitcase but will definitely need on your visit. Having them in an easy to spot location, just makes it that much easier for your guest to get settled-in & comfortable in your home. 
And because I've been known to forget my toothbrush and toothpaste from time to time, I decided to add these in too. 
Now-a-days everyone needs access to the internet, so I also like to included our Wi-Fi password. 
                                                             Easy Enough, right?
Who are you hosting this season? And, what do you like to do to get your home ready for guests? 

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