Are you expecting visitors this year? If so, you can make them feel welcome in your home with techniques like these.
Whether they plan to roll out a sleeping bag on your living room floor, or sleep in a luxury guest suite with a king-size bed and a private bath, add some special touches to the space they’ll use.
Some possibilities include:
1. A “welcome” message
This can be as simple as a note on the front door, or as elaborate as a silk-screened banner decorated with personal references such as your hometown mascot, a favorite song title, or signatures from everyone in the household. It all depends on how much creative energy you want to put into the project!
2. Fresh flowers
For a traditional greeting, there’s nothing like a vase of flowers to say “Glad you’re here!” It doesn’t matter whether the vase is a jelly jar with a handful of daisies from the back yard, or a beautiful cut-glass decanter filled with award-winning roses. What matters is that you took the time to arrange that aromatic, thoughtful presentation.
3. Personal photos
If your visitors are the type who send you photos along with their annual Christmas cards, or who maintain a Facebook page with plenty of visuals, it’s easy to locate one or a dozen pictures that you can frame and place around the house. Photos showing you together, perhaps during recent visits or from back when you first met, are a cheerful reminder of how long your friendship has lasted.
4. Fill the air with fragrance
You might like the decorative beauty of a potpourri or a decorative candle, or the simplicity of a reed diffuser displayed on a shelf. Either way, you can choose a scent that will remind your guests of previous adventures together or a brand new aroma that will create pleasant memories when they smell it again during future visits.
5. A touch of privacy
Whether there are activities planned for every minute of their stay or the visit is designed for leisurely relaxing, guests will appreciate having a place to themselves. There might not be space for a separate guest room, but even a chair designated as “theirs” or a simple folding screen can provide a refreshing retreat when they need a bit of time on their own.
6. Extra pillows
There’s no need to track down special goose-down or feather pillows unless you know your visitors prefer a particular brand to sleep on. But a few colorful throw pillows brighten up any room and offer the sensory impression of a comfortable place to relax.
8. Special snacks
Even though you’ll probably be having dinner and maybe breakfast together, borrow an idea from five-star resorts and provide a selection of refreshments for midnight snacking. It’s okay to say “help yourself to anything in the kitchen,” but the message is even stronger if your guest sees a basket containing chips, fruit, nuts, cookies, bottled water or anything else that might sound good at three in the morning.
Techniques like these will help make sure your guests feel welcome and wanted, which makes even a quick visit the kind of experience people enjoy remembering for years to come.
Guest post written by Claire Burke.
I was financially compensated for publishing this guest post.