With less than two weeks to Christmas, it’s time to get prepared for your guests! Many of us play hosts to our family members during the holiday season, and even though they are family, they are still deserving of our special treatment.
One of the things I most enjoy to hear is the phrase “Southern Hospitality.” I always take it as a compliment and hope I do the right things to live up to the reputation. Whether your guests will be on a futon, a blow-up mattress, sleeping on the sofa or if they are fortunate enough to have a special guest room, the most important thing is to make guests feel comfortable and WELCOME!
Here are just a few tips:
- Make sure all bedding is clean and smells great. Spritz it with a product like Caldrea’s Mandarin Vetiver for a clean, citrusy scent.
- Make sure it is obvious which bath towels you wish guests to use. Consider leaving them on their guest bed for easy access.
- Adding some fresh flowers (even from an inexpensive grocery bouquet) can add a festive touch to a bathroom or bedside table.
- Always leave two baskets of goodies – one containing items they may have failed to pack like a toothbrush, small toothpaste, travel-size shampoo, conditioner and soap and the other basket filled with an assortment of granola bars, individual muffin packages, chips, snack-pack crackers, etc. so guests will not have to ask for a bedtime snack or an early morning breakfast option.
There are many more small things you can do to make guests feel at home –the more, the merrier – but a good test is to walk in your home and imagine yourself as a guest. Would you know where to find things? Would you know where your host intended you to be?
But the most important element for a good guest stay is a relaxed host and a stress-free environment that says, “Welcome Home!”.
Enjoy your company this holiday season.
Alice Greene is a native Lexingtonian and quintessential Southern lady, who enjoys cooking, baking and entertaining.