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.
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.
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!