Anyway, all of this got me thinking about special gestures to welcome guests. Last year when I visited my family in South Africa, my aunt put some fresh flowers from her garden in the room where I was staying, so simple, but what a special gesture . My mum always leaves me a gift on the bed when I'm staying- mum's are the best! My friend who we recently visited left some chocolates on our pillows when we stayed over, and my mother in-law always has a cup of tea ready as soon as we walk through the door. These are all things that say 'it's nice to have you here' and sets the visit off to a good start.
Here are some lovely gestures you can try when you next have guests to stay. Even if your guests must stay on the sofa or a mattress in the living room, add that extra something to say 'thanks for visiting'. Oh, and clean bedding really does make a difference.
- Fresh flowers from the garden in the 'guest' room (even if it's the study)
- Leave their favourite candy or sweet on a pillow
- Fresh towels on the bed says 'make yourself at home', wrap some towels in a ribbon along with a small soap
- Glasses on the bedside table with some water before bedtime is a simple but caring gesture
- A great tip from the How to be the Perfect Housewife book is to save up all those free samples of make-up and creams you get in magazines, and put them in a little guest basket in case your guests have left anything at home
- Save the free toothbrushes you get if you fly abroad and add them to your guest basket
- A small soap or body lotion left on the bed is sophisticated, and will make your guests feel like they are staying at a bed and breakfast
- Leave some magazines or books out for your guests to read before bedtime
- When guests with a baby or toddler are staying, childproofing the room by removing breakables and covering electrical points will put everyone at ease.
- For guests staying longer than one night, leaving a tray with bottles of water and snacks is a good idea, they might be too shy to ask for food between meals
- A note saying 'welcome, make yourselves at home' left on the bed will help your guests relax
- Vacuum and tidy the room before guests arrive, a fresh room is much more welcoming
So adding that small something extra for guests is a wonderful way to start their stay off on a positive note. Keep it simple and don't overdo it... you might never get rid of them again. As always, here are some inspiring finds and ideas to update a guest room
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Row 1: This bowl filled with goodies for your guests is sure to make a statement, from the talented glass artist at Handmade Heaven; Beautifully scented soap like this oatmeal, goats milk and honey ones from MoonMaidenSoap will also make the room smell nice; A pretty vase tall enough to proudly display your best garden flowers from Vessel & Wares.
Row 2: This delightful and inspiring room belongs to the Killyrudden bed & breakfast in New Zealand; Perfect to put on the side table for guests at night, this recycled glass night set is from Reform School; Organic Bamboo towels from Shoo-Foo.
Row 3: These tumbled turquoise stone lookalikes are very impressive little soaps, from Amethyst Soaps; A terry cloth designed for babies, but perfect for washing away make-up without the guilt of leaving mascara marks on white towels from The Pat-a-cake Baby; A funky retro display tray from Natuure.
I'll be posting again soon.