We had all of AJ’s family here for Thanksgiving and since then I’ve been brainstorming about what I could do differently next time and what I would do if we had people actually staying in our home, as opposed to a nearby hotel. I hoped some of you could benefit from my ideas for
Four Ways to Make Guests Feel Welcome
My first thought is to make sure they feel well-fed and comfortable the minute they walk in the door. Maybe they’ve been traveling a significant distance to see you or maybe they’ve just been saving their appetite to eat with you. Either way, have something out and ready for them to munch on as soon as they put their bags down, go to the bathroom and put on some comfy slippers. My mom was always great about this… at our house growing up it was a great bowl of tortilla chips and salsa and now she’s added some great cheese and crackers to the mix. Do you have a Trader Joe’s near you? They’ve got a dynamite cranberry crusted goat cheese that would be dynamite to serve in this fantastic little cheese platter (I’ve just ordered this one and it’s on back order till April 🙁 Bummer.)
Let them know your home is their home while they are with you. AJ’s mom always does a great job at this whenever we visit them for the weekend. She always has what feels like a well-stocked bakery so no matter what my intentions are for managing what I eat her peanut butter and chocolate balls always seem to get the better of me. One way I like to do this in our house is to make a batch of my fave chocolate chip cookies before people come and just pop them in the cookie jar for guests to help themselves whenever they get hungry, whether it’s at 9pm or 3am. I love this adorable jar.
What does your traveling schedule look like? For us, we’ve found that leaving really early in the morning works well for Elle because she’ll sleep most of the way. And by really early I mean we left for our drive to New York at 3:45am. It’s brutal on the body to adapt but it’s also far easier than dealing with a screaming baby for 4/5 hours. I digress… if you’re like us and leave before showing then you probably want to dive into a hot shower shortly after arriving at your destination. I just purchased a set of these towels from Wayfair because our white towels were starting to look grody. No guest wants to use icky stained towels.
Lastly, send them off in style… especially if they are visiting before Christmas. Give them a Christmas ornament before they leave, and even better, get a set so that you and your guests can have matching or coordinating ornaments. I love pulling out the decorations every year for the tree and remembering where each ornament came from… let your guests remember that fabulous weekend they spent with you where they got the most stunning ornament…. like this one.
These are just four small ways to make guests feel welcome, there are loads more. What are your best tips?
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