How to Create a Welcoming Home for Guests
Make your home a place where people want to spend time. That means being open to visitors, entertaining in your home, and providing comfortable spaces for family and friends.
Creating a Welcoming Home for Guests
Be open to visitors. You never know when a relative, friend, or neighbor will drop by unexpectedly. Make sure you’re home and available so you can spend time with your guests.
If you’re going to be out, leave a note telling them when you’ll be back and give them directions to your house.
Be a good host. When someone visits your home, make sure they feel welcome and comfortable. Be friendly and welcoming, offer refreshments, ask them about their trip or day, and listen to what they have to say. Make your guest feel at home!
Make room for guests in your home. If someone is staying with you for an extended period of time—for example, an out-of-town guest or a houseguest—make sure there are extra beds or sleeping space in the room where they’ll be staying so they can feel comfortable and relaxed.
If there are extra rooms in your house that aren’t being used regularly (like a study or spare bedroom), consider making one of those rooms available for visitors as well.
Make sure the bathroom is stocked with fresh towels and soap; the toiletries in the bathroom are all right for your guest’s skin; and there are fresh sheets on the bed.
Provide meals. If someone is staying with you for an extended period of time, make sure you offer them a meal or two. It’s a good way to show your appreciation and make them feel at home.
And don’t forget that special dietary needs may require special accommodations—for example, if your guest is vegan or vegetarian, they may need access to fresh produce and meat substitutes.
Welcome children. Kids love spending time at other people’s houses, so be open to kids coming over and spending time with you and your family.
You can have the kids play in another room while you talk with their parents, or allow them to play together if they get along well enough.
Finally, remember that people who visit your home may not be aware of your customs or traditions. For example, some families are very private and don’t like having their pictures taken, while others are happy to have pictures taken and shared with friends and family.