How to be the ultimate host

how to host a guest

With the Summer months upon us, it’s super important to make sure that our house is up to par with the hosting situation. I mean, to be honest, my guests haven’t ever really complained, but it’s a paranoia of mine to be a lackluster host. I take a ton of pride in hosting because I would hate for someone to stay with me, and feel like their needs weren’t met. This is definitely a common trait that my husband and I both have, being that he is exceptionally accommodating as well. We don’t have the largest house, in fact our 2 bedroom town home suits us well. We have made sure that every nook and cranny of this place has a touch of luxury and comfort. Recently, I swapped out a few older decor items from some new goodies, all from Amazon. Since I work full-time as a nurse, I rely on Amazon quite a bit for literally everything. What isn’t shown in the photo up above is my little signage that I keep in the guest bedroom which lists our wi-fi information. I know it’s nothing revolutionary, but it is important to remember that your guests will at some point need to enter it on a few different devices.

Winsome 92436 Luggage Rack with Shelf: A luggage rack is kind of a no-brainer when you think about checking into a hotel, but when you’re at someone’s home, it’s just as helpful. If you think about luggage, it’s drug across the gross airport floor, through a ton of countries and cities. You don’t want your guests to have to set their luggage on the ground and dig through it, nor (eck) set it up on the bed. To avoid this catastrophe, it’s best to have something for them to rest their belongings on. This luggage rack is one the highest rated ones on Amazon, and you can easily paint it to match whatever room you’re placing it in. It just happened to match the room we have, so I left it as is.

Kate and Laurel Sylvie Female Baby Bunny Rabbit Animal Print Portrait Framed Canvas Wall Art by Amy Peterson, 23×33, Gray: For the guest bathroom, I wanted to keep the palette neutral, but still have personal touches. Since the paint is Behr ‘Elephant Skin’, I stuck with a grey theme and snagged this ultra cute framed canvas of a rabbit. T jokes often that I look like a rabbit, so I thought it would be perfect for the space. The same artist has a few different animals done in this format. Her other pieces are super cute and I’ve even seen some similar items like this at Home Goods.

Genteele Non-Slip Memory Foam Shaggy Bathroom Mat, Water Absorbent, Super Plush Bath Mat, Washable Bathroom Rug (17″ X 24″, Gray): Okay, so you’re probably thinking that it’s kind of silly to swap out your bathmats, but hear me out. Bath mats are one of those tactile things that resonate with your guests. It’s one of the first surfaces they feel when they wake up and groom, and it’s important that they feel as plush as possible. I ordered these based on the reviews and I am SO happy with them!  They feel like a cloud and have a luxury look to them as well. It was important that the pile fibers weren’t all the exact length/height. The variety of heights makes them look more expensive and they come in a few different colors.

AmazonBasics Zippered Storage Bag with Window: I know that most linen comes in its own plastic/vinyl bag, but I always throw that out. The plastic isn’t breathable, and it’s kind of tacky to me to keep the bag with the photo of the bedding around after purchase. When preparing linens, I always wash and place bedding into these breathable canvas bags. They come in a few different sizes and colorways, and fit neatly under the bed. It keeps the look cohesive and organized, and not like a department store.

ModLux Spa Slippers – 12 Pairs of Cotton Velvet Closed Toe Slippers with Travel Bags – Thick, Soft, Non-Slip, Disposable Slippers – Fits Most Men and Women – Perfect for Home, Hotel, or Commercial Use: When T and I got married, we knew our guests would dance the night away. We also anticipated that many girls would want to kick off their heels and get comfortable, so we provided slippers in all sizes for the guests. From that point on, I have always purchased a variety pack of unisex white slippers from Amazon and kept them in the guest bathroom/bedroom. It’s just a little touch that the guest can take with them, because honestly, I wouldn’t wash and re-use slippers that have been worn anyway. I can get a little squirmish when I think about hotel amenities and wished that they had more items that can be taken or thrown out like slippers and robes. These slippers come in a variety pack of sizes and always get compliments from guests that stay.

Capri Blue Petite Jar Volcano White Candle, 4 Ounce: Blue Capri candles are kind of a cult favorite, which is no surprise because it smells absolutely heavenly. The fruity, sweet scent is light enough to offer a fragrance, but not too overbearing. The candles comes in a few different colored jars so you can always find one that works for your space. It also comes in a few different sizes, but since I was placing on the sink and I wanted to be conservative, I went with a smaller size. I also find that even though it has a slightly tropical scent, it still burns nicely in Fall and Winter.

Bourina Throw Blanket Textured Solid Soft for Sofa Couch Decorative Knitted Blanket, 50″ x 60″,Off White: Throw blankets are must because they are inviting and make a space more approachable. I feel like you can easily spend a ton on a cute statement blanket, but I came across this super inexpensive blanket and fell in love. Because the weight of the blanket is so light, it drapes nicely and doesn’t take away from the rest of the decor. I don’t personally love the zig-zag pattern, so I just flipped it over and let the plain side show. The part that makes the blanket look a little more luxurious is the fringe detail. The tassels are long which hang beautifully off the sofa. I ordered it in ‘Off White’.

Convenience Kits International Women’s Premium 21-Piece Assembled Necessities Travel Kit, Featuring: Fructis Hair Products: Each time I order something from Sephora, I get a ton of samples. Between trying out new skincare and makeup for the blog, and making sure I tell you guys if I like it, I often don’t get around to all of it. So I decided to set aside my samples and arrange them into a basket with some rolled up towels for my guests. They can choose from a little Tatcha, Ole Henriksen and Dr. Dennis Gross. There are sheet masks, Poo-Pouri, and a jade roller as well. I find that because I love skincare so much, it’s important that guests get to indulge a bit too. If you don’t have an arsenal of product to offer, I highly recommend getting this kit for men or women from Amazon. It has everything a guest could need, and it comes in a toiletry bag. My tip is to ditch the toiletry bag and place it in a basket or cute tray to make it feel a little more personal. These toiletry kits are kind of a one-stop-shop and can even be purchased for yourself if you’re not very product specific.

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