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When we were searching for a house to buy seven years ago, the two main criteria were that it had to have extra bedrooms for guests and a living room large enough to host small gatherings of friends. We didn’t know a soul but we knew that we wanted people to feel welcome in our home.
That’s always been our heart.
For people to know that they are loved and welcomed when they walk through our front door.
Unfortunately that doesn’t come naturally.
I always wanted to be Ms. Sally-Hospitality who had the perfect house and ran it like a bed and breakfast even for her immediate family. Up at dawn with coffee and toast ready and waiting for the first one to rise.
Maybe in a different season of life.
That doesn’t give me an excuse to be inhospitable though. There are little, simple ways to make guests feel welcome in your home. Especially around the holidays.
1. Fresh flowers. To some this seems frivolous. There is just something about having fresh flowers in your home that makes it inviting.
2. Stock the bathroom with extras. When packing for a trip, it’s easy for guests to forget the basics. Make sure you have extra toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, and deodorant for your guests available in the bathroom so they don’t have to feel embarrassed to ask.
3. Ask about special dietary needs. We are all too familiar with food allergies but not everyone is. While we would never want anyone to feel like they had to go out of their way to accommodate our gluten and peanut allergies, making sure the house is free of peanuts can mean one less trip to the emergency room.
4. Replace all the hand towels and shower curtain liners. In some houses these are overlooked. Depending on the needs of your houseguests, paper towels might be a better option for sanitary purposes.
5. Clear out space in the closet. You can also purchase a clothing rack if you have room. It’s not always easy to live out of a suitcase. Providing some closet space for your guests makes it feel a little more like home.
6. Light candles. Candles are like flowers. They are nice little touches. There is just something about the warm glow of a candle and smell wafting through the house that makes everyone feel at home.
7. Buy fancy hand soap. Pamper your guests while they are staying with you. Little details can make all the difference.
8. Leave water bottles in the bedroom. While not a necessity, leaving a couple of water bottles in the bedroom is a nice touch. They may not need the water, but it’s there if they do.
9. Bake Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls. Cinnamon rolls are warm and inviting. They create a great smell in the house. Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls are super easy to make when company is over. You just pop them in the oven. It’s an extra special treat for special people. Everyone young and old loves them!
10. Make a spare key. While you might not do this for just any guest, it’s a great idea to have one on hand. That way your guests can come and go as they please and you have to feel like you’re baby-sitting them the whole time they are staying with you.
The main thing to remember while guests are staying with you is to extend grace.
They might not know that those towels hanging up in the bathroom aren’t meant to be used or that the cup they thought would be perfect for their coffee is actually a priceless heirloom that is only for display in your cabinet.
Enjoy your time together.
Take the time to nurture fellowship over a warm Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Roll right out of the oven.