Yesterday we talked about escaping for the Easter break but then I got to thinking, maybe many of you are hosting visitors across the long weekend and are madly getting your house ready for guests.
Having friends and family come to stay can be a whole lot of fun but it also can take a bit of work to have everything in place and set up their arrival.
My hero in this department is Beth, aka BabyMac. I’ve been on the receiving end of Beth’s hospitality and she does indeed set a high bar in terms of making visitors feel welcome.
I’m but an apprentice in this department but since moving to Brisbane and having a guest room that’s semi-available throughout the year, we’ve had quite a number of friends and family members come to stay.
My parents have retired to the UK in a move that surprises everyone – particularly all UK residents – and they’re currently here with us for their annual visit back to Australia.
Their arrival – and the moving out of the “big kids” – inspired me to take to the guest room with a more than functional eye.
First up was a massive clean out. We discovered all manner of things hidden under the bed in boxes – stashed by Miss SY (her hoarding tendencies are a worry and definitely do not come from me).
We also removed some of the furniture now not needed for storage and a large floor rug that was more of a dust and grime trap than a source of warmth.
Then it was time for the fun, adding bits and pieces to make the room feel more welcomely and homely.
Tips for how to get your house ready for guests
1. Plan your catering ahead. This seems obvious but if you have good notice it will allow you to have a good catering plan in place. Food is what brings people together, so planning out a menu and having those ingredients on hand will lessen the stress of prepping and cooking for more than the usual number of people.
2. Make the bedding as comfortable as possible. You know my thoughts on a good Clean Sheet Day, and when it comes to guest bedding, I do like to make this as welcoming as possible. I love my mattress topper and we have one on the guest bed as well. It seriously makes for the best sleep. Keep pillows fresh and replace old ones if they’ve seen better days. Same with bed linen. Nothing beats sleeping in quality sheets.
3. Include bedside lighting. I’m not a fan of overhead lighting but I love mood lighting in a room. It’s functional for reading but for also making a welcoming space. Mix it up and try having different styles of lights on each side of the bed.
4. Add homely elements to the room. BabyMac is very big on making this a thing throughout your entire home. She says certain decor elements make a house homely: lighting (see point 3); artworks; rugs; cushions; throw rugs; greenery/flowers. I wholeheartedly concur.
5. Have fresh towels at the ready. If there is a separate bathroom for guests, place the towels there. If not, at the end of the bed.
6. Place a selection of magazines and books on the bedside tables. Your guests may bring their own reading material but I know I like seeing and reading through something picked by someone else that I may not have read.
7. Include essential oils in the room. I’m a big fan of Twenty8 essential oil blends so I leave some of my favourite blends in the guest room to help my guests have a good night’s sleep – Instant Calm and Peace and Meditation work a treat.
8. Create and offer hanging space and hangers for your guests. If you’ve got a spare wardrobe, great. If not, a portable hanging rack is a budget-friendly solution.
9. Leave a small welcome gift in the room. Something small and thoughtful – I might leave a soap, essential oils or hand cream.
All of these nine tips for how to get your house ready for guests need not break the budget.
I chose the pieces to work back with sheets and a cushion I already had in the linen cupboard.
Most of the new items you see in the photos above came from Kmart (yes, I should be refrained from entering my local store) – from the pillows, through to the lamps, the prints on the wall, decor pieces and rug on the floor.
So tell me, do you have visitors come to stay at your place? Expecting guests across the weekend?