Whether you run an inn or are just having the in-laws stay for the weekend, every good hostess knows that it’s all in the details. These tips will make your house guest so comfortable, you may not be able to get them to leave!
Set the mood. Consider your home your own little inn. From fresh farmer’s market flowers on the table to the sweet aroma of scented candles as your guests walk through the door, don’t just make them feel welcome — make them feel feel at ease! Try candles in scents like Candied Apple and Spiced Cider to conjure warm thoughts, and cheerful flowers like dahlias and sunflowers for a relaxed, upbeat vibe.
Leave a treat. A thoughtful note card coupled with a tasty tidbit is always an easy gift, and reminds your guests that they are welcome additions to your humble abode. You don’t have to get crazy, here; look through your cabinets to see what you might already have lying around. Take a used tin, like the ones from Dean & Deluca, and fill it with your low-cost sweet treat of choice (I like Trader Joe’s Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds). Mason jars (left over from jam or available for cheap at crafting stores like Michael’s) make cute containers too. Then let your creative juices flow!
Dress it up. I like to save cute containers from the farmer’s market or bake sales for occasions such as this. Adorn your tin (or whatever packaging you choose) with some leftover ribbon or baker’s twine, which is inexpensive and comes in a ton of different colors for a little flair, and then whatever decorative accoutrement you decide. Set the tin at your guest’s bedside or rest it on their freshly-fluffed pillow for a more cozy effect. Throw in a bottle of water on the nightstand to quench that late night thirst, and you’re set. It’s a simple and budget-conscious way to put a smile on your guest’s face — all while ensuring them a perfectly comfortable stay!
Alycia Lane is a morning news anchor for the L.A.- based NBC station. A multiple Emmy, Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mic award winner, she has worked on-air in other major TV markets such as New York, Miami and Philadelphia – before landing in the City of Angels. Her other passions include yoga, cooking, baking, interior design and all things domestic.