Hosting family and/or friends for the holidays? These 10 thoughtful projects will make your guests feel right at home—no more late-night Forgot To Get The Wifi Password Regret or early-morning Trying To Make Coffee In A Strange Kitchen Without Waking Everyone Up!
How to Set Up a Houseguest Coffee Station by Salty Canary
This is as adorable as it is genius. Whether you have to head off to work before your guests wake up or you know your guests are super-early risers, a coffee station allows them to get their morning caffeine—and a little sweet treat—without feeling awkward about rummaging around your kitchen. Adding an electric kettle and a little ice bucket with a variety of creamers/milks means your guests won't have to venture from their room at all, and don't forget to add a few teabags for tea drinkers.
Printable Wifi Guest Card by Almost Makes Perfect
This cute little card will save your guests from the heartache that occurs when they realize they haven't asked for the wifi password after everyone's gone to bed. This editable PDF has room for your network name and password.
Make Your Own Pillow Mist by A Beautiful Mess
I like to wash the sheets and remake the guest bed right after guests leave, because I am way too optimistic about how often beloved guests will turn up for surprise visits. In omnia paratus! However, this can mean that it's been weeks or months since the sheets were last washed, and though they're still clean, it's nice to freshen them up a bit for guests. This lavender, chamomile, and wild orange pillow mist will make your guest bed smell fresh and inviting.
Guest Basket by Alice & Lois
Fill an elegant basket with anything and everything your guests might need! Alice & Lois included an extra roll of toilet paper, folded towels, shampoo and conditioner, face wash, lotion (you could decant your own products into little travel bottles), cotton balls/swabs, a sponge, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste. I would include a little note welcoming guests and telling them to help themselves to the contents of the basket, and if you're hardcore, you can make the rope basket yourself.
Simple DIY Luggage Rack by Earnest Home Co.
Save your guests from having to put their suitcase on the nice clean bed (ew, think of the airport/sidewalk germs!) or on the floor like an animal (especially important if your guests have limited mobility) by providing a luggage rack. This DIY transforms a cheap director's chair and burlap straps into a chic luggage rack that folds easily away.
Guest Room Minibar by A Beautiful Mess
There is nothing more tantalizingly forbidden than a minibar. Make your guests' hotel dreams come true by stocking a basket or cart with salty snacks, tempting sweets, fresh fruit, and, if you want to go down in the Host Hall of Fame, tiny bottles of booze. Trader Joe's is a great place to get a bunch of different types of snacks—sesame sticks, wasabi peas, pecan raising chocolate—for about $2/each.
DIY Metallic Gold Guest Book by Mr. Kate
Did you notice the guest book on the minibar cart above? You could provide any old notebook for your guests to write in, but this shimmery gold version will up the glam quotient of your guest room. Over-the-top feather pen highly recommended.
Guest Room Cart by Damask Love
This guest room command center is so thorough and awesome. The top drawer holds dental floss, makeup remover wipes, ice packs, and a first-aid kit, all in adorable mini travel versions. Other highlights of the cart include midnight snacks, a magazine rack, wifi info, and slippers and robes (like a four-star hotel!). The cart keeps everything corralled and easy for your guests to find.
Local Favorites Gift Bag by Martha Stewart Weddings
Gift bags and baskets full of local treats are often suggested for out-of-town wedding guests, but they would be perfect for treating your non-wedding out-of-town guests to some local flavor. When my friend and I travel to visit each other, whoever's hosting often provides a little pile of gift-wrapped locally-made chocolate, soap, candles, bath salts, hot sauce, booze, crafts, and/or cosmetics. Such a spread requires a bit of expense, but it can be a nice way to thank your visitor for buying plane tickets and taking time off work to come see you!
DIY Gemstone Guest Soaps by Poppytalk
Finally, your guests will truly understand they're on vacation when there's glitter in their soap. You could make these in wintery and/or holiday shapes and colors, as long as you don't skimp on the sparkle.
Re-edited from a post originally published on 11.08.16 - AL