Oh, how excited we get when one of our blog posts sparks lively comments and discussion! Which post, exactly? That would be our “DIY hosting tips: Unforgettable amenities made easy.” Thank you for your cavalcade of feedback, concerns, and plenty of other smart hosting tips!
While the tips aren’t a necessity for good hosting, our sole intention was to inspire you to create an even more pleasant and memorable experience for your guests. What works for some hosts might not work for others, which is why we wanted to share such a wide range of tips. Plus, we believe you should always put your own unique spin on how you want to welcome guests. (It is your home, after all.) One host who commented on this post summed it up best: “One shoe does not fit everyone.” So if none of the ideas spoke to you or may be rubbed you the wrong way, that’s perfectly fine, we appreciate hearing from you either way! And if some of the tips got you thinking “Hey, you know what? I can easily do that!” then… hey, fantastic!
With that said, we curated a fresh batch of brilliant (and always optional) tips straight from your comments on the last post. Again, thank you for taking the time to share them with us and the community — and may they enhance your experience of hosting in a purely positive way!
In your correspondence with a guest, ask them to “find the bonus word for a more favorable response” then “bury” that bonus word (i.e. ostrich) in your listing description. This will encourage reading the description in its entirety. Your guest not mentioning the bonus word signifies you’ll need to have more communication with them.
Leave laminated notes (cleanable and reusable) throughout the space, which include contact information, location of where items are stored, extra amenities available, and operating instructions for electronics, appliances and Wi-Fi access. This cuts down on excessive back-and-forth communication.
Change the lock on your front door to a digital, keyless lock and use the last four digits of your guest’s phone number as their personal access code. This ensures your key will not be duplicated or lost; the codes can be added or deleted in less than a minute; and your guest will know that you have gone out of your way to make them feel safe and secure.
Appeal to the senses. If you like to bake, put those oven mitts on! Who doesn’t love something warm, delicious and homemade? Plus the aroma has the power to make them feel at home. Don’t forget to find out if your guest has any dietary no-nos.
Around the house
If you’re not too concerned about crumbs and potential spills and stains, then go for it — leave snacks and beverages in the room for your guests to enjoy. Another factor to consider, depending on the space’s location, is the possibility that leaving food out might attract pests. Late-night guest arrivals will likely be comforted by something to eat and drink. By all means, leave them something if you’d like, but remember to find out about any dietary restrictions beforehand.
If your guests are free to use the kitchen, have a few spices and oils on hand. Travelers will often bring their own food but forget the items they need to cook with.
Instead of bottled water, put a pitcher of ice water, along with glasses in the room at night. That way guests do not have to negotiate dark hallways during the wee hours should they get thirsty.
Compile a printed list of your favorite restaurants nearby, along with an explanation of why you enjoy each one. Guests are grateful for insider foodie tips.
Provide insect repellent if your space is in a climate with a lot of humidity or near bodies of water. Sunblock’s an excellent idea, too, because nothing ruins a vacation quite like sunburn.
Place night lights throughout the space to protect guests from bumping into things or tripping. Maybe even add one in the kitchen in case they want a late-night snack.
In the guests’ space
Host as sustainably as possible. This means think about providing amenities that are less wasteful, require less washing, and that are more thoughtful. Invite them to treat themselves to items you have in the kitchen as an alternative to leaving out individually wrapped products.
If you welcome families with young children, leave out a few inexpensive toys, illustrated books (perhaps in a few different languages) and coloring books with color pencils or crayons.
Towels and linens in neutral colors make a clean, streamlined statement. One host explained she liked to use black and grey because it “looks classy and contemporary.” Also, consider linens in a poly-cotton blend instead of 100% cotton. They dry quicker and wrinkle less. When it comes to softness, a high thread count is great and all, but it isn’t as important as the type of cotton the sheets are made from. Depending on your budget, opt for Egyptian cotton, pima or combed cotton in the highest thread count that you can afford.
Place a photo frame with instructions for what guests should do in the event of a fire alarm sounding.
Leave out CDs of local musicians for guests to give a listen.
And lastly, in case you missed this suggestion the first time, let your creativity unfold with a little toilet paper origami
Happy (crafty) hosting!