You already know to clean your house, but to wow overnight guests you should take a few more easy steps. #houseguests #hostess #overnightguests #entertaining
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How to Wow Overnight Houseguests

Do you want to wow overnight houseguests? Well, you should start by getting yourself a couple.  It’s my understanding that some people don’t have houseguests very often, but I have them all the time. That’s what happens when you move far away from everyone you know. You get a lot of visitors and you can’t let them stay in a hotel room, especially if they’re family. It’s not that big a deal, but it does mean you have to clean your house, have groceries, and tell your husband to stop walking around in his boxers.  I’ve had five different overnight houseguests since September, so feel free to steal my tips.

Steps to Wow Overnight Houseguests

1. Share the WiFi password right away.

Back in the day, it seemed a little rude for people to ask for the WiFi password when they came to your house. They’re there to visit you, not look at their phones, right? But it’s 2018, people. Everyone’s lives are connected to their phones, and there’s no point in pretending differently. Get your overnight guests hooked up to internet access before they have to ask and you’ll already be a great host in their eyes. If you want to be funny about it, provide a card like they do at hotels. If you use the same password for your WiFi as your bank accounts, be on the safe side and input it for them. I have a crazy AT&T provided password, so I took a picture of it and show my guests the photo. Regardless of how you get it to them, make sure you get it to them.

2. Show them around the kitchen.

You already know to clean your house, but to wow overnight houseguests you should take a few more easy steps. #houseguests #hostess #overnightguests #entertaining
Good luck finding any sort of organization in there, houseguests.

Some people will automatically feel comfortable getting things for themselves, but others won’t. You’re hosting overnight guests, not people stopping by for an hour. Trust me, you want them to get their own food and drinks. Show them where to find water glasses, what water to drink (some people have filters, others drink bottled, whatever, just give your guests the clean stuff), and other things like snacks. If they’re coming from a later time zone, you should give them access to breakfast foods as well. Actually, you should probably call them ahead of time and get a few food requests, just in case. That will really wow overnight houseguests.

3. Give them their freedom.

You know what sucks when you’re on vacation? When your hotel gives you a curfew and makes the bellhop go everywhere with you. What, that doesn’t happen? Hmm. Then maybe you shouldn’t attach yourself to the hip of your overnight guests either. We recently had one of my husband’s classmates staying with us on weekends because she moved out of state before they finished, and she wasn’t there to hang out with us, although she did join in our MBA graduation celebration. Anyway, she came and went as she pleased. Our family members don’t typically do that, but we wouldn’t mind if they did. Trust me, if you want to wow overnight houseguests, don’t make them feel like prisoners.

4. Offer bathroom goodies.

You already know to clean your house, but to wow overnight houseguests you should take a few more easy steps. #houseguests #hostess #overnightguests #entertaining
Courtesy of the dentist and Best Western.

I have a basket in my guest bathroom with extra soaps and shampoos and whatnot. That way, if I have a guest who doesn’t want freedom, they don’t have to run off to the store if they forget something. I do have a separate guest bathroom so it stays out all the time, but if you don’t, you can hide it away until someone comes to stay. Don’t want to buy a whole bunch of stuff that may or may not get used? Relax, all mine comes from an actual hotel. Just remember what you can and can’t steal before you try this!

There are plenty of other tips I could give you for hosting overnight guests, but I feel like most of them are obvious. You know, clean the sheets they’re going to use, don’t give them blankets covered in dog hair, provide breakfast, and make it easy for them to park. But some of these others are overlooked, and it’s so important to making your guests feel comfortable. Now you can invite people over!

You already know to clean your house, but to wow overnight houseguests you should take a few more easy steps. #houseguests #hostess #overnightguests #entertaining

You already know to clean your house, but to wow overnight houseguests you should take a few more easy steps. #houseguests #hostess #overnightguests #entertaining You already know to clean your house, but to wow overnight houseguests you should take a few more easy steps. #houseguests #hostess #overnightguests #entertaining You already know to clean your house, but to wow overnight houseguests you should take a few more easy steps. #houseguests #hostess #overnightguests #entertaining

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30 Comments

  1. We’ve never really had guests in our home, other than family. Our family is pretty open, and everyone just comes and goes, grabs food and drinks whenever, and always uses the “house” toiletries. I do like your ideas for guests other than our family.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      That’s nice. My family is that way, but my husband’s sure isn’t!

  2. I recently stayed overnight at a “friend’s” home; I was berated for asking for a phone cord to charge my iPhone, snapped at for asking for a face towel, and called “irresponsible” for not bringing my own toothpaste (disclaimer, totally my fault for forgetting it). I was SHOCKED at how nasty this hostess was and needless to say, our relationship is over. Perhaps I need to forward her your post lol.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Oh geez, that’s terrifying. Yes, please do forward her this post and save her next guests (or inmates, if she prefers to call them that) from the torture!

  3. robin rue says:

    We host a lot because we have a huge guest room, so out of towners always flock here. I always try to make them as comfy as possible.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Yep, that’s us too. I guess that’s what we get for having an extra room!

  4. We’ve never hosted overnight guests, unless it’s family. It’s something we’ve never really thought of. These are great tips to keep in mind.

  5. My wifi password is on a chalkboard right inside my front door. It’s amazing how giving that one little word can make a huge difference in someone’s stay. I am terrible at the snack part because I eat so much fresh food it’s hard to know what to get for others!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      I love that chalkboard idea! I might have to steal it.:)

  6. We rarely have guests over but you really roll out the red carpet and are so warm and congenial. I admire someone who gives of themself and this will really improve your relationship with your guest.

  7. It’s good to prepare for house guests to make them feel more welcome once they arrive. I think these are great ideas on how to wow them! There’s nothing like making them feel comfy right away!

  8. I love these tips and need to save them. You can really make someone feel at home with these.

  9. We don’t have overnight guests often, but I love your tips here. I especially like the bathroom basket idea. I am totally doing that next time we have people over.

  10. One of my favorite things to do is to welcome overnight guests. I try to have new magazines and current books available and a guide to our TV stations and directions for using the remotes!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Great idea!

  11. We’ve never really had guests that aren’t family members, apart from the occasional sleepover, but the sharing wifi tip is soooo important!!

  12. Your guests must love you! This is so thoughtful and its great to focus on the finer details to wow your guests

  13. My sister in law had wi-fi password sign and guest towels set out. It was such a nice added touch when we went to stay.

  14. Yes to all of these! In our next place we’ll actually have a guest room and guest bathroom so I can’t wait to set up guest baskets for when we have visitors.

  15. i want to stay at your house! this would completely “wow” any guest!

  16. I love these ideas! I am not usually comfortable in other people’s houses overnight (unless they’re immediate family) so these ideas would definitely make me feel more welcome!

  17. I haven’t hosted overnight guests in awhile. We live close to everyone pretty much. But, these are great ideas.

  18. What a great way to make people feel more at ease and at home while staying with you. I will keep these tips in mind the next time we have overnight guests.

  19. Great ideas, and lovely that you like to do this! We used to all the time in our old place, but we’ve downsized and had a new baby, so we really have no room for overnighters! I love hosting people for evening meals etc though.

  20. Unfortunately we don’t have many houseguests but I wish we did. I would love to set up a cute guest room and basket of bathroom goodies!

  21. Angela Ricardo Bethea says:

    Those are some great ways for overnight house guests. We need to make way for people feel at home. I will definitely save this for my future references.

  22. Michelle Garrett says:

    Love this! We have two graduations in the coming year (class of 2018 and 2019) so we’ll definitely be seeing more house guests soon. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Thanks! Congrats on your grads!

  23. Being a gracious host is something i want to become now that i have my own house. These are great tips and ideas for showing my guests that they are really welcome, i will save this! Thanks.

  24. These are some great tips! We never have people stop over, but we would happily host given the chance. You just want your guests to feel welcome and happy 🙂

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