How to Be a Great Host for Overnight Guests
Having a cabin or country cottage has a lot to do with hosting family, friends, and other overnight guests, sometimes for extended stays. Hosting can be more difficult than it seems, trying to make a perfect experience for every guest. Here is a checklist of tips for being the perfect host, along with some wonderful suggestions for products to make your guests feel at home.
25 Tips for Being the Perfect Host:
- Give yourself plenty of time to clean, and this can be a great excuse for doing those Spring cleaning type tasks like moving the furniture and appliances for a deep clean.
- Account for kids and pets. Create pet friendly areas, and make the house kid safe. Also consider having a lot of activities for children to keep them busy.
- Ask about any dietary restrictions, and shop ahead and pack the fridge.
- Have snacks and beverages available as soon as people arrive.
- Make sure you have easy to grab snacks available at all times.
- Don’t simply accommodate, create an atmosphere that they will remember. A visit to a cabin or cottage should feel like a true vacation away from stress.
- Plan activities, but also be flexible. Guests at cabins or cottages want to relax, and also to be active. It is up to you to be flexible enough to find a proper balance.
- Create an area for people to store the items that they brought with them.
- Doesn’t matter if your sheets and towels are clean, give them a fresh wash. No one likes musty sheets or pillow cases. A bed spray is a nice touch as well.
- Have some up-to-date magazines, and some coffee table books around for casual reading.
- Give the bathrooms a thorough cleaning and add some hotel-like additions like candles, fancy soaps and lotions and even fresh-cut flowers.
- Check the batteries in guest room remotes, check clocks to make sure they are accurate, and inspect all of the lights to make sure bulbs are working.
- Have plenty of extra blankets on hand.
- Have small fans and small clocks available for each guest.
- Keep a stocked bar available at all times and a fridge full of cold beverages for the adults as well.
- Talk to guests about meals being served before they arrive, so no surprises.
- Have “conversations” areas set up outside and inside.
- Make sure guests know how to make coffee or tea at any time and where to find all of the extras associated with both.
- Do all of the food prep that is possible before hand. This means chopping, making some casseroles, etc.
- Write down the Wi-fi password and have it easy for everyone to find, like on magnet on the fridge door.
- Have a power strip available for every room. Some guests might worry about being at a cabin or cottage, thinking they will get a surge and ruin their devices.
- Put a few bottles of water in each room or nearby where anyone is sleeping.
- If there is a large group of people that are splitting up with different activities during the day, have a set time and place to meet, even if that is just dinner. Don’t let small groups get too fragmented.
- Install electric air fresheners in the bathroom and guest bedrooms.
- A day or two before, open all windows and bring fresh air in.
Shopping Suggestions for Hosting Guests
Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump, Bed Height 22″, Queen
- Polyester Fiber
- Made in USA
- Inflatable Queen airbed for home use engineered with Fiber-Tech™ Construction
- Built-in, high-powered electric pump for hassle-free inflation and deflation, inflates mattress in approximately 4 and 1/2 minutes to the desired firmness
- Waterproof flocked top raised 22 inches from floor with indented sides to keep your fitted sheets from slipping
- Duffel bag included for easy storage and transport. Dimensions: 60 x 22 x 80 inches (W x H x L), 600-Pound capacity
- Please ensure the inflation dial is turned fully to the inflate or deflate position for optimal performance
Tribeca Living 500ECEDPESSQUGR 500 Thread count Cotton Percale Extra deep Pocket Sheet set, Queen, Grey
- 100% Cotton
- Set includes one deep fitted sheet, one oversized flat sheet and two pillowcases
- 500 thread count
- 100 Percent Cotton percale
- Features percale weave for crisp and smooth feel and resist piling and Tend to wrinkle more than sateen sheets
- Oversized flat and 22deep pocket fitted
Aveda Amenities Luxury Travel Set- 1 Shampoo, 1 Conditioner, 1 Moisturizer (1.5oz) 2 Bath Bar Soap (1.25oz)
- Aveda Toiletries this luxury travel bag includes: 1.5 oz Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo, Conditioner & Moisturizer Bottles
- 2 – 1.25 Aveda Refreshing Bath Soap
- Packed conveniently in a travel bag
- Perfect for: Travel, Gym, Guest Room, Airbnb, Bed & Breakfast, Airline etc
ECO Amenities Cosmetic and Grooming Travel Set, Include 12 Products
- Set includes 30ml shampoo, 30ml shampoo & conditioner 2 in 1, 30ml conditioner, 30ml body wash, 30ml body lotion, 28g facial soap, 42g oatmeal soap, dental kit, shaving kit, shower cap, vanity kit, sewing kit
- Perfect for use in hotels, travel, airline, home, sanitary and so on
- Made of naturally derived ingredients. Paraben Free!
- Not tested on animals. Environmental friendly.
- Does not contain any harsh chemicals, heavy perfumes or other additives which can irritate the skin.
Gift Included- Antique Country Mason Jar Kitchen Wooden Chalkboard & FREE Bonus 23 oz Water Bottle by Homecricket
- This listing includes GIFT by the Solar Escape company. Beautiful decor for your kitchen The stylish country mason jar collection has a distressed finish for an antique country feel.
- Useful decor for your kitchen
- The Wooden Chalkboard (11-3/4″W x 18-3/4″L) is also in the shape of a Mason jar, and comes with a piece of chalk for writing helpful messages. Ready to hang.
- FREE BONUS: Stylish ©Homecricket 23 oz Clear Water Bottle, Tritan Plastics, Colored Lid and Base Guard. Large enough to add your favorite fruits in the container. Please Note: May Ship Separately.
USB Desk Fan Bengoo Table Portable Fan with Clip Feature and 360 Degree Rotation Design, Operated by Rechargeable Battery for Cooling, Baby Stroller, Personal Use, Travelling, Camping, Office, Home
【Flexible &Rotatable, 360°Rotation】: 360° vertical and horizontal rotation function make the fan be more flexible. You can swivel it forward and backward or adjust it according to your need.
【Stepless Speed Setting】: You will adjust the air blowing by controlling the rotary knob. This new fashion design will make you can customize the wind speed. (Note: this function can not be applied to the charging mode.)
【Long Battery Life】: The fan is powered by a 18650 battery. It can run for almost 2-6 hours after being fully charged (depending on the speed setting). Long duration will drive the hot summer away and bring you cool air.
【Original Cilp Style】: The clip figure will make the fan be multipurpose and more convenient/portable to use. It can be put or clipped on anywhere you want, great for baby stroller, home and office, laptop, gym workout, car backseat, outdoors, camping, trips ect.
【Multiple Charging Mode】: It is powered by a 18650 battery (included) and other power source. With the USB cable (included), it can be charged by laptop, desktop, wall adapter and power bank.
Twin Polar-Fleece Thermal Blanket Grey – Extra Soft Brush Fabric, Super Warm Bed Blanket, Lightweight Couch Blanket, Easy Care – by Utopia Bedding
- Twin size measures 66 by 90 inches; available in twin, full/queen and king sizes with varied color choices
- STAY WARM – Stay warm all year long with these 100% polyester polar fleece blankets
- ELEGANCE – Fabric is 2 side brushed which makes it extra soft
- HIGH QUALITY CONSTRUCTION – Made of 100% Polyester, Polar Fleece; Brushed fabric is super soft that will last for many years to come; no shrinkage after washing and drying
- EASY CARE – Machine wash on cold, Tumble dry on low.
Dual power Multi-function Wooden LED Alarm Clock with Temperature display ,Five intelligent alarm, Sound-control screen (Bamboo)
★Fashion wooden alarm clock, placed in the living room, bedroom, hotel rooms and other places are very matched and aesthetic;
★Dual power, USB / battery, halved brightness automatically according to time, can install 4 batteries, with memory function and power saving function;
★Time and temperature are displayed on the same screen. Year, month, day can be queried. 12/24 hours, Celsius / Fahrenheit Conversion option;
★Able to set 5 groups of alarm clock, bell time is one minute, in the alarm state, press any key to turn off the alarm clock. The alarms can be opened or closed separately, which is simple and convenient.
★LED backlight display, quiet, no ticking sound. Turn on the sound control mode, no light at night, when you need to know the time, just wake it up.
Casual Home Luggage Rack with Shelf
Hotel-style folding luggage rack welcomes guests with a convenient spot to pack and unpack. Our luggage rack constructed with 100% solid wood in warm Walnut finish with black straps.
Le Blanc® Lavender Linen Water – 32 FL. OZ., One Pack
- A long -lasting fragrance mist for fine linens & apparel
- Keeps linens smelling renewed & refreshed
- 100% biodegradable, environmentally safe, eco-friendly, made in the USA
- Consistant performace, luxurious experience
- Wild lavender flowers laced with bergamot, rosemary and eucalyptus
Friday board game (solo board game)
- 1-player game
- Takes about 30 minutes to play
- Unique and fun
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