How To Get Your Guest Room Ready. Plus DIY Pillow Spray.
Summers are magical. And busy. We love entertaining and having friends and family over and a lot of times the summer parties last well into the night so we always have a room ready in case our guests don't feel like driving home in the middle of the night.
Every host knows, a lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into making your quests stay comfortable. If you’re entertaining overnight guests, your job doesn’t end when the table is cleared. Creating a warm and inviting guest room takes attention to details big and small. Here are 8 ideas to make visiting loved ones feel at home.
1. Change the sheets. Fresh linens are the fastest way to make a guest’s home away from home soothing and serene. Just-laundered sheets leave a scent of clean and comfort that will linger throughout their stay. I also love to use my DIY pillow spray made of natural botanicals to help my quests to unwind, so they can fall asleep fast and stay asleep until morning.
Small spray bottle
2 ounces vodka or witch hazel
4 ounces water
20 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops chamomile essential oil
20 drops vetiver essential oil
Combine ingredients in spray bottle and shake to combine. To use, shake the bottle and spritz a fine mist onto your pillow about an hour before bedtime.
2. Serve a snack. A glass for water and a dish for midnight snacks help guests unwind. Let them snuggle in tight after dinner with a treat and a good book.
3. Fill the room with flowers. In a sparsely decorated space, fresh blooms go a long way. While you’re at the market picking up produce for the meal, grab a bundle of buds to show your guests that they aren’t an afterthought.
4. Stock up on the essentials. Don’t neglect the bathroom. Make sure supplies are fully stocked and out in the open, so guests don’t have to bother you for replacements. Leave towels near their bed and supply a few toiletries for those traveling light. This is where those swiped hotel samples come in handy.
6. Attend to their age. If people of various ages will share your guest space, make their zones suit them. Guests will feel most at home if you give thought to their individual needs. Young children may be more comfortable if you leave a stuffed animal on their bed, while adults may prefer a stack of books and magazines.
7. Designate additional comfort zones. If your guest space is too small for an occasional chair, designate a corner of your house for visitors to relax. Making them feel comfortable outside their given four walls, but not giving them the full roam of the home, should help you respect each other’s boundaries. This will keep company out of your hair and out of your kitchen in crucial cooking hours.
8. Double up on space. One efficient trick to decorating your guest room is to include two beds. Children can use the space to host sleepovers during the year, and the beds can be pushed together for couples who are spending the night. This is the best way to comfortably accommodate an array of visitors.