Tips for Hosting Guests

It’s been a while since we last tackled the subject of hosting guests. So, let’s talk about that! Welcome back to the Liv Ahwatukee Blog, a resource for residents and non-residents alike of our apartment community in Phoenix, Arizona. As the summer season approaches, you’re probably expecting a visit or two from friends or relatives. We understand how much work goes into having people stay over — it’s not always easy! We’ve learned that the better prepared you are for such occasions, the better experience you’ll get out of it. Today, we hope we can help you prepare for the future with a few simple tips.

When acting as host in your apartment, you probably want your friends to think you’ve got it all together and planned; the same probably goes for how much you want an effortless feel at your event or during their stay. Use these ideas to take away the stress and give you more time to spend with your loved ones! Don’t be afraid to learn from trial and error here; some guests feel most comfortable with clearly defined private space and others are okay with an air mattress in the living room. Put together a basket of useful items for your guests, and they will be pleased to find what they may need close at hand. These tips come from Randi Garrett Designs:

“1) Comfy bedding. I like to have a supply of extra blankets and pillows in easy reach of the bed. That way, your guests can choose the pillow that is most comfortable for them, and add a blanket or two if they take a chill.

“2) Lamp on the bedside table and some books or magazines for some nighttime reading. I don’t know about you, but when I’m traveling, I sometimes have trouble falling asleep in a strange bed. A good reading light and ready access to books or magazines helps guests have something to do should they have trouble falling asleep.

“3) Water and a little ‘welcome’ treat on the nightstand. I like to add some bottled water, or a glass and carafe on the nightstand near the bed. There’s nothing worse than stumbling around in the dark in unfamiliar surroundings trying to find your water to a drink! The treat is just for fun – I like putting a little truffle or two on the nightstand to help my guests feel special.”

What are your favorite ways to help your guests feel at home when they’re visiting? We’d love to hear your tips, so please share in the comments below.

a clean bedroom with a white and gray bedspread