Hosting people in your home, even just one person, can be stressful at times. Especially if you don't particularly love your guest/s. However, we are grown, thriving women and if we're going to do something, we are going to do it right. Okay?
So... here are my tips for being the best host you can be. Wether its a dinner party, pre-game party or family is in town. Your friends will be impressed and your mother in law will have to look for other ways to criticize you while she's in town. Okay, here we go!
1. Avoid heavily scented room sprays and candles.
Instead, try a plug in or burn one lightly scented candle in a bedroom or bathroom.
If you are using candles to create ambiance, go for unscented candles.
2. For God's sake, clean up.
No one wants to see the evidence of last night's dinner in your sink or on your stove. They also don't need to see any signatures your ass left in the toilet. And they sure as hell don't want to pull your vibrator out from between the couch cushions when they sit down.
Oh, and take out the trash before guests arrive.
3. Make sure all bathrooms have toilet paper + a back up roll.
No one wants to waddle back into the party and ask for toilet paper. Also, make sure you have a clean hand towel out by the bathroom sink.
4. Keep guest bathroom stocked with mini toiletries.
Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, tampons, body wash, toothpaste etc. I always keep a few new toothbrushes (in packaging) in the guest room bath too.
5. If you have overnight guests, clean the sheets in the guest room.
If you can't remember the last time someone stayed, (maybe they're clean? I can't remember?) just wash them again.
6. Keep bottled waters somewhere easy to find.
Guests don't want to go through your leftovers and wilting bags of lettuce to try and snag some h20 in the middle of the night. Or anytime, for that matter.
7. Create a mini first aid kit and keep it in the guest bath.
Supply it with a few band aids, cough drops, eye drops, allergy and headache medicine.
8. If you're unsure, ask your guests ahead of time if they have any food allergies.
If you forget to ask, plan ahead and have a few vegan & gluten free snack options available just in case. If no one eats them, you can always snack on them later. Or give em to the kids, they won't know the damn difference.
9. Hide the litter box, if you have one.
If you keep a litter box out in sight or in the guest bath (like we do), move it to the master bath, garage, or somewhere out of sight that the cats can still access.
10. Always keep extra paper products on hand.
Paper plates, cups, napkins, plastic forks/spoons/knives etc. They ALWAYS come in handy and guests won't have to feel the need to clean dishes.
I hope these tips help! Be on the lookout for my tips on being a great guest coming next! xoxo