Preparing for House Guests
January 22nd, 2012 | Ground Layerz
When preparing for house guests, get as much done ahead of time as possible so you are not frazzled by the time they arrive. You want your home clean and tidy, your meals planned, the accommodations ready and a pleasant smile on your face when you greet them at the door.
Much of your preparation will depend on how many guests you are expecting, how long they will be staying, if children and pets are included and if there any special needs you should know about such as diet restrictions.
Provide a comfortable place for your guests to stay. If possible, give them a room of their own near a bathroom and with a TV. Put fresh linens on the bed and make the room cozy and attractive. Provide plenty of towels, coat hangers and other items your guests may need during their stay. As a special touch, make up a guest basket filled with travel-size soaps, shampoos, conditioners, toothbrushes, toothpaste and tissues, even a few magazines. To complete the welcome package, place a vase of fresh flowers on the night stand.
Draw up a meal plan. Prepare several meals ahead and store in the freezer. Stock up on snacks, fresh fruit and vegetables, desserts, beverages and some special treats. Ask your guests what their favorite foods are and include some of them in your menu. Also ask if there are any issues you should know about such as food allergies or the need for low-salt or low-sugar foods.
Children and pets
If your guests are bringing children, is your house safe or does it need some childproofing? Make sure potentially hazardous items are locked away. If you have any valuables or breakables, store them out of reach. If your guests are allergic to your dog or cat, have a plan to keep your pet away from your guests. If your guests are bringing their pet, have some accommodations ready.
Have some activities planned to entertain your guests. Get in a good supply of home movies. You can do this by purchasing blu-rays and getting a cheap entertainment system to play these movies. Or a cheaper way is to get a computer with software on it to play burned movies. CyberLink has movie player software that is reliable for any movies that would be played from a computer hard drive. Plan some sightseeing trips in the area or dinner out at a local restaurant. If kids are expected, have plenty of activities lined up to keep them busy.
Be polite and courteous to your guests. Respect their privacy. Don’t blast your TV when they are sleeping. Always make them feel welcome and never unwanted or in the way.