Entrepreneur: Brittany Garman
Industry: Event Planning
Entertaining comes in many forms…birthday parties, dinner parties, weddings, etc. and then there’s my personal favorite, the overnight guest. I live at a distance from all of my family so having them visit my home is a real treat. To ensure they are extra comfortable and want to return I add a few special touches to my spare bedroom to make sure my home is guest ready.
- Snacks! This is especially important for those who are traveling a long distance. I always like to keep a stash of protein bars, chocolate, fruit, and water in a basket in my guestroom. Even if you tell people to help themselves to your pantry…they rarely take you up on the offer. A little snack bar is very welcoming, always appreciated and you certainly don’t want your guest to go hungry.
- Lots of pillows. Admittedly, I go WAY overboard here and have at the very least 6 or more pillows on a bed at any given time. Some are soft, some are firm, some are for propping and some are just pretty. Pillows are really inexpensive, I get mine on sale at Macy’s for around $12 each, and it’s better to have too many than not enough. In addition to lots-o-pillows, I always keep an extra blanket of two at the foot of the bed as well.
- Towels. Be sure to have designated “guest room” towels. Yes I know, this may seem like a bit of a waste considering they may only get used a handful of times throughout the year. But, these are the little things that make people feel at home. Plus, I’m convinced soft, fluffy and fresh towels have magical powers.
- Have your wifi readily available for guests. This is a must if you do not have a good cellular signal in your home. Should your network be password protected make sure you have the password either neatly written down or better yet, beautifully printed and framed on a bedside table.
- Go easy on the air fresheners. True story, I was recently visiting someone and they had scented candles, diffusers and potpourri in every corner of their home. My eyes were puffy, I was sneezing like crazy within hours of my stay and I don’t even have allergies. I absolutely love myself some fancy shmancy candles but remember to take into consideration, your guests may have a sensitivity to such.
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