Dean and I are happy to have Shauna from Satori Design For Living here today. A little while ago when Shauna and I were chatting about swapping posts (since we’re both Canadian and love design) I thought it was pretty cool that she wanted to write about getting ready for overnight guests. This was something I’d wanted to blog about for ages, but since I’m usually busy getting ready for overnight guests near holidays, I never had the time to write about it! Ha!
So here’s Shauna with some awesome ideas for getting your house ready for a holiday sleepover!
It’s your turn to host the Christmas festivities this year. You have everything under control. Fudge, shortbread and caramel popcorn are waiting to be scarfed down, your tree has never looked so radiant, and somehow you were able to finally find that perfect gift for your teenage niece. This is going to be the most wonderful experience for you and your guests. Or is it?
If there is one thing people tend to overlook this time of year, it’s the guest room (or sleeping quarters). Speaking from experience of spending Christmas away from the comfort of my own comfy bed every year, I know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep and feel relaxed over the holidays. There’s nothing worse than waking up hour after hour and suffering through Christmas Day because you’re exhausted. As well, as the hostess, it’s much easier to have everything prepared before guests arrive so you’re not hunting down fresh towels or toiletries while you’re in the middle of stuffing the turkey.
There are a few simple details you can take care of before your overnight guests arrive to ensure everyone feels comfortable and more at home.
Start with a comfortable bed. With so many great options at various price points, forgo your old worn out mattress. If you don’t have a headboard, consider creating an inexpensive upholstered one. Layer good quality cotton sheets, a coverlet, and duvet. Supply two types of pillows- one firm and one soft in down and man-made options.
If you’re tight on space, consider a comfortable daybed.
Provide a bedside table with all the essentials. Guests may be careless with water glasses, so choose something low maintenance, such as a painted finish or glass top. As well, try to find one with a drawer for extra storage and large enough to be fully functional. Leave an alarm clock (with a music option if possible), water carafe and glass, as well as a great reading lamp on the nightstand. Supply a small assortment of reading materials, such as short stories or magazines.
Create an area for clothing. If you don’t have a closet with extra hangers, use a small coat rack or hang decorative hooks on the wall. A small storage ottoman or bench is convenient to hold extra supplies or for guests to place their luggage on. If you’re low on space, simply add baskets that can be pushed to the side.
Pamper your guests with homey details. A basket filled with washable slippers, small toiletries, fresh towels, and even some snacks will elevate their experience. Consider leaving a microwavable teapot with tea bags or a small coffee maker nearby if your guests are early risers.
Finish off with a holiday feel. Fresh flowers, such as snow white amaryllis, and candle votives always add ambiance to a room. As an option, fill a vase with sparkling ornaments and tie with a colorful ribbon for a stunning look.
Whether you go “all out” or just add a few small touches, remember that your guests will only feel as comfortable as you do. Take care of yourself to ensure you have the energy to enjoy your guests while they’re visiting. After the festivities, do something to rejuvenate yourself and take the time to reflect on the moments of the holidays. Believe me, your guests won’t forget your generosity, as you’ve made it a holiday to always remember.
Wishing you and your family the best this season has to offer, Shauna.
Thank you for sharing this with us Shauna! And now, dear readers, how do YOU get ready for overnight holiday guests? Or if you are a going to be an overnight guest, what would you like to see ready for YOU?