I think it truly is "the little things" that make a BIG difference in their enjoyment and comfort while they are away from home. I put myself in their position and think about what I like to have when I am staying in someone else's home.
A quiet place to sleep and one that feels cozy enough to retire to for a midday nap. Often we do not sleep as deeply or as long in a strange bed so naps are often needed. This time will also allow the Hostess to prepare appetizers or tidy up a bit before serving the next meal.
I like to have extra blankets, a shawl and robe for guests to use.
Some light reading and a room spray as well as a light pillow spray for setting the tone for slumber.
Bottled water, energy bars or chocolates if I know my guests have a sweet tooth.
Shampoo, cream rinse, soaps and lotions are kept in the bathroom in case they have forgotten to bring their own.
Cotton balls, Kleenex, razors, Q Tips, toothpaste, mouthwash and Tylenol...just a courtesy really but it saves them having to ask.
I realize that I need to buy a blow dryer as my friend did not bring hers along when she last stayed overnight.
A bedside light to read by...
Perrier and pillow spray.
Vintage oak luggage stand at foot of bed
like a butlers tray but lower.
Warm wool blanket just in case.
The duvet on the bed is down filled and usually warm enough but it never hurts to be prepared.
Wicker chair by the window.
A distressed oar adds whimsy.
Thrift shop floral painting.
I used a nautical, beach theme to decorate the guest room.
White beach glass that I collect is stored in a vintage sealer jar.
Shells and coral round out the beach theme.
The bathroom has the basics.
I love fluffy large white towels so naturally I put them in the guest bathroom.
Hotel size samples.
More toiletries reside in this handy shelf unit.
We like to let the guests wake at their own time.
So we get the coffee maker ready the night before and show them how to use it.
With glass fronted cupboards in the kitchen it is easy to see when the mugs are located.
I would put mugs and sugar out on a tray in the kitchen otherwise.
The Breakfast I usually serve is:
Yogurt, fruit, scrambled eggs, turkey sausages, toasted English muffins assorted jams.
Coffee, juices and tea.
It's important to make your guests feel welcome.
I think by providing the basics and thinking ahead one can relax and enjoy the company with the minimum of fuss.
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Have I forgotten anything?
Tell me what you like in a guest room?
Have a wonderful weekend.
I am going to play around with my camera and be back soon.