We’ve lived fun and adventure, traveled the globe, learned words in many languages, and learned to embrace different cultures! And on a shoestring budget, staying right at home! “How is that possible?” you ask. Through the hearts of our guests sharing the love they have for their homeland, or their passion for things like painting, making balsamic vinegar, or cooking.
And we have received such lovely gifts through the years. Hand-woven cloth from Ghana and Nepal, a lovely hand-dyed sari from Zambia, a beautiful oil painting, and Russian nesting dolls. But the greatest gifts are the joy they’ve left in our hearts. And the blessing of having met so many wonderful, kind, and caring people!
That’s why we see guests as a privilege, not extra work. Think about it: someone cared enough to take time out of their busy life to visit you! That makes them worthy of honor and a royal welcome!
12 Simple ways to make guests feel special
1. 🚪 Put out the welcome mat.
Not only a welcome mat at the door. But make (or have your kids make), a creative welcome poster for your front door or the guest room door.
2. 🚿 Show the guests to their room and bathroom.
After a long trip a chance to freshen up can be so refreshing. But they may also be hungry, so make sure they know food and drink will be served once they’re ready.
3. 🥤 Have drinks and snacks ready.
Nothing creates a welcoming atmosphere or breaks the ice like food. So even if mealtime is far off, invite them to the living room or patio for snacks, drinks, and a chance to unwind.
4. 🏠 Give the grand tour.
This will help them know their way around and where to find things like the iron and hair dryer. Demonstrate how things work too. Things like fans, air conditioners, the shower, TV, and internet.
5. 🍬 Put snacks in their room.
Include a thermos carafe of cold water and glasses. And a basket filled with goodies like fruit, juice, snack bars, crackers, mints, chocolates, and napkins. This can be especially important if they’re dealing with jetlag, so they can have a midnight snack without disturbing you – or having to starve!
6. 👚 Supply their room with necessities.
Provide some storage space, including hangers. Place extra blankets, throws, and pillows where they can find them. And supply the room with a power strip for their phones and devices.
7. 💐 Add special touches.
Make your guests feel special by adding extra touches to their room. Things like candles, flowers, and mints on their pillows. And set an elegant table, at least for their first meal with you!
8. 🪥 Place toiletries in their bathroom or bedroom.
Place a basket of toiletries in their room or bath, along with a bath mitt and shower cap. Don’t forget things like toothbrushes and disposable razors.
9. 🛏️ Use your best towels, linens, and pillows.
Use your best to make their stay more comfortable! After all, who wants to use lumpy pillows, rough towels, or sheets with your stains?
10. 📚 Make the room comfortable.
Provide a fan or heater. And because many people have difficulty sleeping in a strange bed, place a lamp and reading material on the nightstand. Be sure to include brochures on things they can see and do in your area once they’re rested up!
11. ☕ Keep a coffee tray on the kitchen counter.
Keep a beverage tray on the kitchen counter with fixings for coffee and tea, along with cups and spoons. Many guests won’t feel comfortable fishing through your cupboards.
12. 🖍️ Be a super host with extra amenities.
Furnish a soft bathrobe and washable slippers. Stock their medicine cabinet with a 1st aid kit, pain killers, and the like. And if your guests have children, pick up some inexpensive toys or crayons and coloring books for them. Or even offer to babysit for an evening!
Guests are a blessing
Scripture tells us to not neglect hospitality, even to strangers, because they could be angels. So we find it important to treat them as the blessing that they are! And with a bit of planning it’s not hard to also give them a truly royal welcome!
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint.1 Peter 4:8-9
What little things do you do to put the welcome mat out? Share them with us!