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11 Special Touches for Your OverNight Guests


At our last house, overnight guests were relegated to sleep in Star Wars sheets in Stepson’s room on a tiny bed.  Needless to say, other than Grandma coming to visit, we didn’t entertain overnight guests.


[picture from Mr. Google]


When we moved, I vowed to not only have a guest room, but also to make it comfortable and hotel-worthy for our overnight visitors.  Living just outside the Nation’s Capitol, we’ve already hosted quite a few friends and family in the new homestead.


Here’s 11 special touches to help make your overnight guests more comfortable.




1.  Temperature.  Our guest suite is downstairs, which is always a few degrees cooler than the rest of the house.  We added an electric mattress pad to the guest bed and a few extra blankets in easy reach.  Be mindful of the location of your guest room, how its temperature differs from the rest of the house, and provide accommodations accordingly.







2.  Lots of towels.  Big, fluffly, and easily accessible towels.  Towels in the bedroom.  Towels in the bathroom.  Different color or style towels are nice so each member of the visiting family can tell theirs apart.




3.  Random, extra bath and hygiene products.  This is actually a diaper holder I found at Pottery Barn Baby and had monogrammed so that guests know beyond a shadow of a doubt it is for their use.  (I know, right!?!?!)  I try and keep it organized so they aren’t fishing for what they need.






4.  Real bath supplies.  Real shampoo, conditioner, bath wash, and scrubbies.  I keep the tag on the scrubbie so they know it’s not been used, and it can be tossed after they leave.  We also have wash cloths, but it’s always nice to have a fresh scrubbie and for $1.00-$1.50 it’s a small price to pay for a special touch.


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5.  Hair dryer, curling iron, and space for their shower kit and personal items in the bathroom.  Remember this quick and easy DIY project?



The basket is actually a silverware caddy I found at a yard sale.  I know, right?!?!?!



5.  Magazines.  This is an easy one.  We recycle them for our guests.


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6.  Local information.  Either magazines, books, sightseeing guides, etc.


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7.  This is my favorite.  I found an open armoire for guests to use.  Lots of hangers and open storage keeps their belongings close and in sight.  Think about it… the last time you were in a hotel… how many of you actually unpacked your clothes and put them in a dresser?






8.  Place for a suitcase.  We re-used an old military footlocker.  It goes with the theme of the room and more on that in a later post.  And since we have hardwood floors, I added a simple Dhurrie for our guests to step out of bed and not on a cold floor.




9.  Wi-fi passcode is placed on a card so our guests can use their iPad, Kindle, or whatever to get online.



10.  Bathrobes and sweatshirts.  Hanging up and washed after each use.




11.  Water, snacks, and a journal to capture their favorite memories from the visit.


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The DIY Tutorial:



Of course all of the basics too – light by the bed, alarm clock, fresh flowers, etc, etc.


Love, hugs, and stay tuned for Part 2 – How To Get Rid Of OverNight Guests!





Linking to these fun and fabulous parties:
Monday – Between Naps on the PorchSumos Sweet StuffNot Just a HousewifeThe Dedicated HouseFeeding BigMaking the World CuterDedicated HouseMore the Merrier MondayGive Me the Goods MondayMake Your Home Sing, Monday BloomTDC Before and After, Making the World Cuter, If It’s Not Baroque 
Tuesday –  Power of PaintMaria Elenas DecorHickory TrailLil Luna,
Wednesday – Savvy Southern StyleCuisine Kathleen,  Transatlantic BlondeHouse of HepworthsStart at HomeReal Family FunWordless Wednesday,  Moms Test KitchenThe Koenigs
Thursday – Organized 31Between Naps on the Porch,  No Minimalist HereFrom My Front Porch to YoursAll Things With Purpose,  A Delightsome LifeInspire Me
Friday –  Dedicated HouseThe Home Girl,  A Peek into My ParadiseKitchen Fun with My 3 SonsShine On, Party Junk, 
Weekend – Natasha in Oz,  Nifty Thrifty,  The Life of the Party,  Be Different Act NormalUSS Crafty

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  1. Lisa@ Cooking with Curls

    Wow…you thought of everything! I am so impressed and amazed at how simple some of these ideas are. I don’t have a guest room…or any guests that want to visit Iowa. When I finally move, I will keep all of these idea in mind :)

    1. Holly

      Hi Lisa, Thanks for visiting and for your kind words. Hugs, Holly

  2. Manda Wolf

    Great ideas, right now our poor guests have to sleep on the sofa (and we wonder why we don’t often have them?). I will be keeping this all in mind once we get our guest bedroom finished.

    1. Holly

      Hi Manda – Good luck with the new room…. and great way to ensure the guests don’t stay long… keep them on the couch (smile). Hugs, Holly

  3. Jamie Koenig

    This is such a great idea! I never know when we are having house guest so storing a basket underneath the sink would be great! I would love it if you would link up at our first linky party this Wednesday :

    1. Holly

      Hi Jamie – Thanks for the invite! Look forward to partying with you. Hugs, Holly

  4. angie

    love this idea I sometimes have a couple of little houseguest love your ideas
    come see me at

    1. Holly

      Thanks Angie! Hugs, Holly

  5. Cecilia

    Love your tips…I have a few but could add more in my guest room. Thank you for listing them. We made a point to sleep in our guest room and came to the conclusion we need a better mattress on the bed! I am now following you. I came over from A Stroll Thru Life party.

    1. Holly

      Hi Cecilia – Thanks so much for visiting and following! Hugs, Holly

  6. Linda

    I want to be a guest!
    Your ideas can easily be adapted for use without a guest room. Love the baskets and the journal, which can be pulled out and set up for guests when needed. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Holly

      Hi Linda – thanks so much and come visit any time! Hugs, Holly

  7. Cynthia L

    Great suggestions. I know a guest in your house would feel very welcome. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party.

    1. Holly

      Hi Cynthia – Thanks so much and thanks for hosting a fun link party! Hugs, Holly

  8. Jenna

    Very thoughtful Holly! I have always heard you should sleep in your guest room at least once so you know if it’s comfortable! I love all your touches with accessible towels and toiletries. Now I am really interested in Part 2, how to get your guests to leave! Ha!

    1. Holly

      Hi Jenna – We actually slept there last year during that weird Durachio storm when we were without electricity for four days during the hottest week of the summer. I’m almost finished decorating the guest room, so I’ll be featuring that soon. And working on Part 2 LOL! Hugs, Holly

  9. Kathy

    Great tips/reminders. Guests should feel welcomed at your home!

    1. Holly

      Thanks so much Kathy. Hugs, Holly

  10. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon

    How welcoming! I think you have thought of everything.

    1. Holly

      Hi Madonna aka Ms. Lemon – Thanks so much and thanks for visiting! Hugs, Holly

  11. Jennie @ Got My Reservations

    This post came at the perfect time for me; houseguests are arriving tomorrow afternoon. I’m going to get one of the baskets I have hanging in the garage and fix up a nice guest survival kit. You’ve inspired me today to be a better host!

    1. Holly

      HI Jennie – you are too kind and hope you enjoy entertaining your guests! Hugs, Holly

  12. Rachel Paxton

    You are such a fabulous host! I especially like the idea of the “guest” monogrammed basket. Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods!

    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

    1. Holly

      Hi Rachel – yes, I’m the Queen of the obvious LOL! Hugs, Holly

  13. LydiaF

    Your touches are very thoughtful. Anyone would feel welcome! (PS Love the title to your follow up…my grandmother used to say, “Fish and guests stink after three days.” lol

    1. Holly

      Hi Lydia – Thanks so much! Hugs, Holly

  14. Susan@Organized31

    You’ve thought of every convenience. But in addition to being charmed by your thoughtfulness, I’m in love with your wire towel basket and the wicker hair dryer basket. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

    1. Holly

      Hi Susan, thank you so much for your sweet comments. I couldn’t believe it when I found that at the yard sale. Score! Hugs, Holly

  15. Kathy

    You really have some very creative ideas to make your guests comfortable – they couldn’t do better if they’d gone to a B & B! You’re so thoughtful!I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,

    1. Holly

      Hi Kathy – You are too sweet. Hugs, Holly

  16. Lioness

    I have everything on your list!! My Guest room is decorated in a ‘Country French” style. Although that is not how the rest of my home is decorated., we’ve visited a few Bed & Breakfasts & the ones we enjoyed, & felt the most pampered in, were done in ‘Country French’. Another personal touch that is my favorite is to add is a small picture frame where I write their name in the middle of a piece of paper & add a floral border in colored markers. It always reads “GEEMA’S ROOM” b/c my Mother visits frequently for weekend stays since her horse is here on our little farm (even though she only lives 30mins away, we’re so close that we, yes even my Husband, Love having her visit). When my Cousin came to visit I just made a new one that read “JENNIFER’S ROOM” & flipped my Mother’s ‘room card’ to the back. I’ve had several guests say that they love it b/c it makes them feel very welcome & special.
    This was a great article, with really nice pointers & suggestions for people who don’t entertain often!

    1. Holly

      Hi Lioness – Thank you so much for visiting and all of your comments! The picture frame is a great idea… I’m actually thinking for our place maybe some kind of sign or something on the door instead of in the room? Or maybe that is what you meant? Regardless… I love it! Thanks for sharing and come back again soon. Hugs, Holly

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