How to Make a Perfectly Welcoming Guest Room This Holiday Season

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'Tis the Season! The season of family and love and visiting. And sometimes that means having a cozy spot for friends and family to stay. If this is the case you want them to feel as welcomed and cozy as if they were in their own bed. How do you do that? I'm so glad you asked. Here are some tips for making overnight guests feel welcome.

Perfectly welcoming guest room: settle in and stay a while

Yay! The guests have arrived! At the very least, they'll want a place to dump their stuff. Let them know if there's a special spot you want suitcases or offer to store them yourself. If possible, having closet space with empty hangers and/or a dresser drawer or two will go a long way towards making them feel more settled.

 Photo by Francesca Tirico

Photo by Francesca Tirico

Perfectly welcoming guest room: bed and bedding

Obviously, this is uber important when it comes to overnight guests. It's safe to say we're all past our couch surfing days. Make your guest feel welcome with their own bed or even a pull-out.

I've got a day bed that pulls out into a king sized bed. It's great, because it takes up nearly no room when there are no guests and doubles as a sofa. 

Also, put a little effort into your linens. You don't need to spend hundreds on sheets, but a nice, fresh set with no holes or mystery stains is a must. Keep them separate from the everyday linens if you have to. It makes a difference.

Final bedding touches include a couple pillows (of different fill type and density) and cozy throws or blankets if it gets chilly. It's better to have access to all these things than to spend a night miserable as a result of not having them.

 The cozy/snugglier the blankets, the better, in my opinion! Photo by Joanna Kosinska

The cozy/snugglier the blankets, the better, in my opinion! Photo by Joanna Kosinska

Perfectly welcoming guest room: midnight snack kit

If your pantry is anything like mine, you have a fine array of cheerios, cheese sticks, juice boxes and Pirate Booty to choose from. And, while this is snacking heaven for children, adults don't get that same tingly feeling about them.  With this in mind, make a special treat basket/box/what-have-you with some adult snacks for your guest.

Obviously, you don't want to worry about refrigeration, so some fresh fruit like a banana or orange, crackers, cereal bars, nuts…these are all great. And don't forget the water! Put a bottle or more of water and a glass for washing it all down.

Put that baby in their bedroom for when they have the munchies at midnight and don't want to sneak to the kitchen in their jammies

 Photo by Rachael Gorjestani

Photo by Rachael Gorjestani

Perfectly welcoming guest room: entertainment

In another bundle, put aside some magazines you think they may like. Or, if you know them well enough, a book you thought they'd particularly enjoy. No matter what, write down the Wi-Fi password! I like to buy a 3"x5" frame and frame the password in a cute script. It's easier to find and looks fancy on their nightstand.

 Photo by Kelly Sikkema

Photo by Kelly Sikkema

I have to admit, all this talking about spoiling guests is making me want to visit MY friends and family. And there's a very good reason for that. I take my hostess inspiration from my mama.

She has the most welcoming set up when we visit. There's always a crossword puzzle book, some local articles she thinks I'll like (Royals, baby!) and the fridge is stocked with my favorites from my younger days.

She's got new activities to try in the area. She ALWAYS kicks my husband and me out for dates or takes the kiddos to an early IHOP breakfast so that we can sleep in. In short, she thinks of everything! And I hope that my guests feel half as welcome as my mom makes her guests feel. Thanks, Mom, for setting such a great example.

 Photo by Giulia Bertelli

Photo by Giulia Bertelli

All this information? It's pretty great! But I've got a more condensed, guest room checklist all set up for you, too. Click here to get your free guide!