Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Setting Up a Guest Room

Recently, we found out the exciting news that we have family coming to visit us this Fall! We can barely contain ourselves because we are so happy about this!


But then I began thinking... we need to have a great place for them to stay. We need to set up a nice guest room. I have never set up a guest room on foreign soil; so I sought advice from my friends who have. What a great list they compiled! Want the perfect guest room for your visitors? See how many of these you can do...




  1. Fresh flowers
  2. Thank you note on the pillow
  3. Chocolate on the pillow
  4. Guest book
  5. Desk/folding table and chair
  6. Ironing board and iron
  7. Toiletry basket: shampoo, conditioner/creme rinse, soap, toothpaste,toothbrush, lotion, tissues, hand sanitizer
  8. Scented candle and matches
  9. Snack basket: sweet snacks, salty snacks, gum, breath mints, bottles of water, local snacks, candy
  10. Reading materials and a reading light
  11. Bathroom needs: Fresh towels and wash cloths, medicines
  12. Hair dryer
  13. A card with simple phrases guests may need to know
  14. Trash can
  15. Facial Tissues
  16. Coffee maker and supplies, private access if possible
  17. Fruit basket
  18. Password to the internet
  19. Extra blanket
  20. DVD's for their laptop
  21. Pay as you go cell phone
  22. Extra hangers
  23. Mirror
  24. Place to put clothes
  25. Small souveniers
  26. Pen and Paper
  27. Map
  28. Phone numbers
  29. Extra Robe
  30. Slippers

Other helpful tips:

  • Most guests will appreciate a very clean and decluttered room more than anything on the above list! A guest room can have every gift basket and toiletry item in it, but if it is a mess, the guest will never feel truly comfortable or relaxed. Pull out the Spring cleaning list and cleaning supplies. Remove as much clutter as possible.
  • If the water in the faucet is not safe to drink, mark it with a bright ribbon to remind your guest of the dangers.
  • Have a list of activities and sights available. Brochures are a nice touch, too.
  • Make sure the door is lockable, especially if you have children.
  • Take the time to find out ahead of time if there are any food allergies or aversions. Find out how adventurous they are about what they eat. If they are adventurous and have no restrictions that prevent it, let them try the local foods. If they are not very adventurous, be prepared with some of their favorites.
  • Be considerate of pet allergies.
  • Have an activity planned for your family for when the guests leave. It is always hard to say goodbye to family and friends. Take some of the sting away by having a special activity for your family... something they can look forward to.
Thank you to all who took the time to add to this list and make it a wonderful resource for others.

4 comments:

Joyful said...

Wow! I'd like to be a guest at someone's home who took the time to think of all this! Have fun with your guests. I'm sure they are as excited as you are.

Jen said...

I love this! I have family coming next week, and plan to do as many of these as I can!

Carol S. said...

If there are children coming, have available some toys/coloring books/puzzle books, etc. that they can enjoy during their stay.

Also, for the host, place a journal book and pen out for the guests to sign before they leave. It is such a joy for me to read back through mine once in a while and be reminded of all of the old and new friends that have visited in our guest apt.

Carol S. said...

If there are children coming, have available some toys/coloring books/puzzle books, etc. that they can enjoy during their stay.

Also, for the host, place a journal book and pen out for the guests to sign before they leave. It is such a joy for me to read back through mine once in a while and be reminded of all of the old and new friends that have visited in our guest apt.