For some people, the thought of hosting is exciting. They anxiously await the opportunity to serve others through opening up their home. Some people are naturally great at showing hospitality to others.
On the other hand, there are some people who just don’t know the first place to start. They don’t understand how to make others feel welcome in their home and they don’t understand the first thing about hosting. If you’re in the latter group, consider this list as your saving grace. If you’d like to craft a home that’s perfect for hosting, it’s important to remember these elements.
1. WiFi Code
Most people have devices that they’d like to connect to nearby WiFi. Most stores, churches and other public places have a guest option for a WiFi connection. Knowing this, it’s a good idea to have a WiFi connection for your guests. However, you probably don’t want to leave it unlocked and open for random neighbors.
Create a WiFi code that’s easy to share and connect with. Download a printable graphic from a site like Pinterest or Etsy that allows you to customize and frame the WiFi information for your guests. You can place the frame in the guest bedroom and in the common area of the home.
2. Guest Necessities
Clean towels, linens and washcloths are important. Opt for an easy color like white. It’s easy to bleach on a regular basis and looks polished. Keep water bottles available in the guest room. Tools such as an ironing board, an electric kettle and an alarm clock are considerate and helpful. If your guest gets hot during the night, a portable fan can really help maximize their comfort level. Extra blankets are great for a guest that gets cold easily. Toiletries like soap, shampoo and lotion are great to keep on hand as well.
3. Stocked Cupboards
If your guest wants to go to the cupboard and get some food, they shouldn’t be confused about what they can pull out. Keep the basics in the kitchen like a loaf of whole wheat bread, cereal and fruit. Keep a few snacks available like chips, pretzels, nuts and muffins.
If your guest has an allergy, it’s great to find this information out in advance and then prepare accordingly. As soon as you know your guest is coming into town, make sure to ask them if they have a specific food allergy or if there’s any request they have. You want to make sure their stay is as enjoyable as possible.
4. Beautiful Ambiance
If a place looks beautiful, that’s half of the battle. Even though it may sound obvious, make sure your home is clean and organized. Most people are uncomfortable in a space that’s dirty and smells bad. Cleanliness should be a regular part of your routine as a hostess. Fresh flowers and candles do a lot in enhancing the beauty of a room.
Consider your decor and make sure that it’s cohesive. Take a look at the outdoor grounds. Your curb appeal says a lot about your home. The backyard should be an oasis where people can put their feet up and enjoy the view, and a hot tub is never a bad idea. Think about reaching out to the professionals to create a beautiful ambiance that flows consistently with your own personal style and vision for your home.
Once you check off all the items on this list, you’ll create a space that people will want to come visit. The more people come visit you, the more you’ll get used to the concept. It’s also important to pay attention to details when you go other places and are in need of hosting. Take note of what other people do in their homes. It’s even great to take a few cues from any hotels you visit. As you take your notes and apply them in your own home, you’ll eventually become a master at the art of hosting.