Here Are Six Easy Ways I Always Manage to Make My Guests Feel Welcome
1. Inquire as to their preferred food choices.
I think it’s crucial to find out about any food allergies or restrictions in advance because most hosting events revolve around food in some way. This way, you can give your guests a choice at the dinner table even if you can’t predict what they’ll eat in advance.
2. Give them a list of items they must bring.
When everyone at a meal can pitch in with a few ingredients or a few dishes, that’s when it’s really special (or full weekend of meals). Invite people to contribute to the meal by bringing a side dish, grazing items, or a dish that they are particularly well-known for (like my mom’s pumpkin bread)!
3. Give a timetable.
When I host, I always try to give people an idea of what to expect in terms of timing. This kind of information helps them know what to expect, even if it’s a loose and flexible schedule, and can plan and pack accordingly.
4. Give them some room to breathe.
Think about the space they will be using, whether it’s a guest bedroom or a couch. Be sure to provide them with a place to charge their phone, fresh towels, and clean sheets in addition to window coverings to keep the light out while they sleep.
5. Cozy it up
After the basics are taken care of, I like to personalise their space with a few touches. A scented candle and matching matchbox could be the perfect gift, or perhaps a specially-lit lamp to help you relax. These supplementary amenities will go a long way toward making them feel at ease here.
6. Be sure to highlight the most important parts.
Make a mental note of the locations of any beverages, snacks, or other items they might need during their stay with you. In my opinion, it is useful to provide a brief overview of the locations of such necessities and to encourage people to help themselves to whatever they need.