By Melissa Tosetti and Teresa Riccobuono
Do you have guests coming to stay with you over the holidays? Here's a few tips to help you as well as your guests enjoy their visit so much more.
If you have a spare bedroom…
Make sure the sheets have been freshly laundered.
Also, set aside an extra blanket in case they get cold.
For an added touch, set aside a box of tissue, as well as a few books and magazines so your guests can keep themselves entertained.
A couple of bottles of water by the bedside will be appreciated.
Place a few small holiday decorations in the room to keep the feel of the holidays intact.
If your guest will be sleeping on the couch which is not a sofa bed
Use a set of twin sheets for the sofa. It may not be a perfect fit over the cushions, but will help them be more comfortable while they sleep.
Provide a pillow with a freshly laundered pillow case as well as a few blankets.
If possible, make adjustments to your morning routine if guests will be sleeping in community areas of your home. If you are an early bird and they are a night owl, prepare as much of your morning routine in advance. Grind your coffee beans the night before.
In the bathroom…
Set aside a clean towel and washcloth for each guest.
Fragrant soaps and travel size toiletries in their original packaging (if you have them) will make your guests feel special.
You may also want to put items like cotton swabs and cotton balls where your guests can see them.
Teresa has a couple of extra robes in sizes of her frequent visitors – (father, brother, best friend).
In the kitchen…
Keep fruit and snacks visible so guests feel free to help themselves.
If your guest is a coffee drinker – make sure you have creamer and sugar.
If your guest is a tea drinker – have English breakfast tea for the morning and Chamomile/herbal tea for the evening.
If your children or pets have any dietary restrictions, be sure to let your guests know so they don't inadvertently cause problems.
Let your guest know in advance if you’re planning on dining out or will be attending a holiday event over the course of the visit. It will help them plan their budget and wardrobe and give them an opportunity to let you know of any constraints they may have.
If your home has any quirks, such as sticky doors, tricks to getting an appliance to work correctly or you have multiple remotes to work the television set correctly, please let your guests know about them.