How to Survive: Entertaining Tips for Holiday Guests

How to Make Your Guests Feel Special

By: Honey Good

One of the lines I often use is, “Caring is sharing.” I live my life sharing my resources, my ideas, my love and friendship and our home! I truly enjoy entertaining friends and family around our dining room table as well as inviting them into our home as our houseguests. In other words, I love company!

MY ‘TO DO LIST AND THOUGHTS’ FOR HAPPY WEEK-END GUESTS

The most important thought that should go through your mind as you make your plan: A great hostess makes her guests feel as though they are on a beautiful mini vacation.  

It was always easy for me to do because I asked myself, “What would make me happy and comfortable spending the week-end as a guest in my friend’s home.” 

That is easy to answer:“I would want to be provided for in every way!”  

Now you know, darlings, why my guests want to return for a visit!

A beautifully appointed bedroom:

When my guest enter their room there are fresh flowers on my small entry table, a beautiful carafe of water with glass and small dishes of unsalted almonds on each nightstand, interesting art books and magazines on shelving, soft music playing on the TV and luggage racks for suitcases.

The sheets are fresh and soft and each side of their bed has two pillows hidden behind beautiful European pillow shams that match a crisp white duvet cover.

Every guest travels with an iPhone, iPad and laptop so I recently purchased a power strip that I leave in a drawer.

A functional closet:

Holds an array of quilted hangers, pant hangers and suit hangers and a shoehorn hangs on a hook. There are his and her terry cloth robes and slippers, a large wicker hamper and built in dresser drawers. I have extra blankets on a shelf and on top of the dresser sits a lovely Asian bowl were I have placed a set of house keys for my guests to use for their stay.

A bathroom fit for a king and queen.

The shower: The shower has a loofah (bath sponge,) shampoo, crème condition, body soap and bath soap.

Bathroom drawers: There is a Lucite sectioned tray in each drawer with a few ‘maybe I forgot items’ such as toothpaste and two extra toothbrushes, a razor and shaving crème, deodorant and hairspray.

Under the sink cabinet: There are extra rolls of toilet paper, extra towels and a hair dryer.

Top of the sink: must have a small vase of fresh flowers and, I place beautiful jars with cotton balls, Q-tips and hand cream that sit on a tray. There is also a gorgeous Lucite magnifying mirror.

The bathroom also has a scale and a magazine rack with the latest magazines.

The den and bar area:

In the den and on the bar there is always freshly made popcorn, an array of nuts and my guests love chocolate covered almond balls!

In the kitchen:

In the kitchen I have a large basket of fresh fruit on the counter and the refrigerator is stocked with everything from bottled water to ‘you name it!’

I serve breakfast at home. It is casual. I have a basket of fresh bakery, fresh brewed coffee and several flavors of tea, bacon (turkey) and egg soufflé or lox and bagels, and for those that like cereal, lots of small boxes of cereal with fresh bananas and three types of milk; skim, 2%, and whole.

Lunch and dinners are ‘out and about’ unless I have a dinner party to introduce my out of town guests to my friends. I love to give dinner parties! I will save that for another time, darlings.

I wrote this today because I know many of you are having houseguests over Thanksgiving. As I said at the beginning of this blog, “sharing is caring!”

Photography by Hallie Duesenberg

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