My favorite tips for preparing for overnight guests

Ever wonder how many friends and relatives you really have?!? Buy a home on a lake you will find out quickly. In the two years since we bought what will someday be our retirement home on a lake about an hour and a from where we now live, we have hosted twice as many guests than we ever have in our city house. And while we LOVE hosting our friends and family we have had to learn a few tricks for keeping everyone comfortable.

Create a comfortable space

Create a comfortable space

Tip #1

Create a comfortable space. Nothing is more comfy than crawling into a freshly made bed with soft sheets at the end of the day. Remember you want your guests to feel pampered. My favorites are these beautiful sheets from Cariloha The company sent me a set to try and they are seriously the best sheets I’ve ever owned. They are super soft and cool to the touch which is a bonus at the lake. I am going to add them to every bed in the house.

Sheets by Cariloha

Tip #2

Pillows. Offer choices. Seriously, I can’t stress this enough. People are particular about their pillow habits. I like to provide a few down fluffy pillows as well as a memory foam for each guest to choose their preferences.

Water

Tip #3

Have cold drinks or perhaps a cocktail at the ready… depending on the guest and the time of day.

Love Block Wine

Tip #4

Provide a place to put their things. Wether it’s a place to leave an overnight bag or a dresser drawer your guests need a place for their things.

Luggage rack

Luggage rack

Tip #5

Provide a night stand by the bed to hold a reading light, a phone charger and a speaker. It’s the little details your guests will appreciate. I also like to add fresh flowers and a softly scented candle to make the space even cozier.

Nightstand

Tip #6

In the bathroom they are going to be using leave clean towels in an accessible location and let them know they are for their use. I like to leave a basket of toiletries (including new toothbrushes) in case they have forgotten anything. Also store extra toilet paper in a handy location so its easy to spot.

Restoration Hardware Cabinet

Tip #7

Leave them some options of things to do. I like to leave a list of local highlights. This way they are free to have some time alone to explore the area if they wish. Visiting and catching up is wonderful but some free time alone can be very relaxing too.

Michigan home

That’s it!

Cheers to having your home filled with friends and family.

Until next time,

-Libbie