I enjoy entertaining out-of-town visitors, and I have tons of guest room ideas, but no guest room yet. Since we were expecting some company for a few days, I decided to make little welcome packages for our guests. “Um, sorry you have to sleep on an air mattress, but hey, here’s a gift!”
That makes it better somehow, right?
Having just got back from travelling, I already had little soaps, shampoo and conditioner bottles and toothbrushes I could give, but I wanted to add a few other little touches as well.
I went to the dollar store and found a couple of colourful fabric zipper bags (I think they are pencil cases maybe?), I also got a two pack of ankle socks, sleep masks and bath poofs.
I personalized the sleep masks with glitter sticker letters to spell out their names. Also, I had little glass jars from another project that I added some glitter shapes (confetti) and inspirational sayings to – like a little message in a bottle – they were just really cute I thought.
To round it out I added other useful items like hand sanitizer packages, a pen, individual mini dental floss packages, a mini sewing kit, ear plugs, and I created and printed out a welcome card with our wifi name and password on it.
I wrapped everything in pretty green tissue and stuffed it into the bag.
When our guests arrived, they of course asked for the wifi password and I handed them their welcome packages. They were very surprised, and loved having a little gift to unwrap! Then I made them blow up their own air mattresses *evil laugh* – nah, I’m kidding, I let them have a few drinks first before we did that. LOL
You see, it’s a fine balance of making them feel welcome, but not too welcome to overstay. 🙂
Other guest room ideas you could include in welcome packages:
- magazines or a local newspaper
- bottled water
- snacks – mini chips, nuts, fruit/nut bars or candies
- lip balm
- tissue packages
If and when we ever have a proper guest room, I’d love to incorporate some of these guest room ideas from First Home Love Life. She suggests a custom guest comfort basket, similar to the ideas I’ve shared, but I love the idea of a mini guest pharmacy with items like deodorant, makeup remover, pain reliever meds, hairspray, razors, sunscreen, things that might have easily been forgotten; this way your guests won’t have to ask you for them. I think that’s a really nice touch.
Also, I love the idea of having nice guest towels and a coffee/tea station set up in the room. And I’d have a nice framed copy of the wifi code on the wall too.
Do you have any guest room ideas you’d like to share? How do you like to welcome your out-of-town visitors? Please leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!