Simple steps to delight guests in your home

Simple steps to delight guests in your home

When family and friends travel miles to see you over the festive season, it’s time to let them know how much you care. Here are our tips for showing the love.

When family and friends travel miles to see you over the festive season, it’s time to let them know how much you care. Here are our tips for showing the love.

Perhaps the whole clan is descending on your home for the annual celebration, or maybe you’re rolling out the welcome mat for some dear old friends.

Whoever your guests are, there’s no better way to celebrate the season of goodwill than making a fuss of the people you love.

After all, you’re getting to spend lots of quality time with them without all the hassle of travelling up and down the country. And if they’ve had a long journey, they’ll appreciate being taken care of by the perfect hostess.

The trick to ensuring that guests have a memorable stay is to anticipate what they might need: when they don’t even need to ask for anything, they’ll feel right at home.

You don’t need to break the bank or spend hours getting ready, but a bit of preparation makes all the difference. Just try these simple tips to how delighted you are to see them.

Offer the comforts of home, but better

After a long journey late into the night, there’s nothing better for your houseguests than to slip into clean sheets. So naturally you’ll have the bed made and fluffy towels laid out.

But you can go one better by washing fabrics using Lenor Unstoppables, now available in sophisticated new packs. These little beads add a burst of fragrance for up to 12 weeks – so even towels and linens that have been kept in the cupboard will have that fresh feeling for your guests.

Add those little touches that show you care

If you want to ensure your guests know you’re happy to see them, it’s all in the little details. Pop some fresh flowers in a vase in their room, and they’ll really feel like someone special.

Save up some sample-size toiletries and leave them in a basket in the bathroom, so guests can feel like they’re staying at a posh hotel. Or how about leaving them a pair of slippers each, so they can really get comfortable?

Organise their space

Living out of a suitcase is no fun – your clothes get rumpled and it’s impossible to find anything. So help your guests get settled in by making it easy for them to organise their things.

A folding luggage rack makes it easy to unpack and gives your guests somewhere to put their bulky bags (plus, you can pop it out of sight when they’ve gone). Make sure there is plenty of space in the wardrobe and drawers, and that there are hangers ready for use.

Stock up with snacks

After a long journey, chances are your guests will be in need of refreshment. But they might feel reluctant to ask for a snack or a drink, expecting to take their lead from you.

Make it easy on them by stocking the fridge with things that they love and telling them to help themselves. And place a carafe of water in their room, so that they won’t need to go hunting for something to drink if they wake up thirsty in the night.

Take care of the tech

These days we can’t travel without our phones, tablets and other devices – they’re the things that help us feel at home wherever we are. So making sure that your guests can upload pictures of their trip or check their travel plans is a thoughtful touch.

Try leaving a little card in the room with details of the wifi network name and password so they can log in without having to ask. And if you’ve got some old phone chargers, keep them handy: someone always forgets to pack theirs!

What’s your favourite way to make your guests happy? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

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