A Beginner’s Guide for Hosting Out-of-Town Guests at Home

You just moved into a new apartment and now you’re thinking about hosting your first guests. If you’re not sure about any of the plans for hosting for the first time, this guide can help clear some things up. It’s important to remember that hospitality is an art and what seems like a simple task can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect.

Have Your Bed Made and Ready for Your Guests’ Arrival

If your guests are going to be in town for a few days, you will need to have the bed made before they arrive to have a good night’s rest. Also, it is essential that you have clean sheets and pillowcases on. Your guests will appreciate having a nice bed to sleep in.

Your bedroom should be comfortable and inviting for your out-of-town guests. You need to provide them with a clean and comfortable bed, warm blankets, and nice pillows.

Have Your House Professionally Deep Cleaned Beforehand

Do not wait until your guests arrive to clean the house. You will be too tired to even think about cleaning. Also, having the house professionally deep cleaned (at least one week before they come) will give your place a new and fresh look. You will also have time to set up a few things before your guests arrive, which will make them feel comfortable.

Clean the Bathroom and Kitchen

Ensure that your guest’s bathroom, kitchen, and toilet are all clean before arriving. It will give them a good feeling when they come into the house and see a clean home. It will also ensure that your guests have a good time in your home and do not feel like they are staying in a dirty place.

Decorate and Arrange Things for an Extra Touch of Comfort

You can set up the place to be comfortable for your guests. Get some candles and maybe even some new vases. Add a few pictures to the walls, put up pictures of places where your guests have traveled, or get them to write messages for you which will be displayed on the wall.

You can set up a nice sitting area with some soft pillows, have a few board games around, and make sure you have social things for them to do, such as books or magazines.

Have a Home Stocked with Some of Your Guest’s Favorite Snacks

Everyone has their favorites and you can consider getting your guest’s favorite foods such as pizza, pasta, chips, and soft drinks. The idea is to make them feel at home and a little slice of home is always welcome. Stock up on your guest’s favorite flavor of tea or coffee. This is especially important when you are hosting a coffee or tea addict friend.

In conclusion, hosting out-of-town guests can be tricky. You need to know what you are doing, how to make your home inviting, and how to allow your guests a comfortable and private space.



Alex is the co-author of 100 Greatest Plays, 100 Greatest Cricketers, 100 Greatest Films and 100 Greatest Moments. He has written for a wide variety of publications including The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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