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I can’t take the credit for this idea that is LITERALLY sweet! Michael and I drove to my designer’s home in northern Virginia during our rebrand process we were treated like royalty! Jen and Aaron Olmstead are the BEST hosts. Despite all of the work we needed to do and the fact that they have a new baby, they pulled out all of the stops to make sure we felt welcomed and at home! The more Michael and I travel and stay with friends, the more I realize that there are SO many little ways that people make us feel welcomed!

You can make your guests feel welcome is so many simple, inexpensive ways. They don’t need a full bed set that perfectly matches the wall color or a guest suite with it’s own bathroom… they just need to feel loved and cared for! Now, I LOVE creating pretty spaces and so those are ideas that I dream about but they aren’t necessary.

Jen showed us to our room and after we set our bags down and admired her gorgeous, minimalist style. Her guest room looks like it’s straight out of a West Elm catalog!! It’s stunning! And then I saw her genius and oh-so-personal touch. Two of her favorite (and recent) magazines were sitting on the dresser with a bar of dark chocolate!!! It took me a second and then I realized they were for US! How SWEET! LITERALLY!!!!

So now we have adopted that concept! When we have out of town guests coming into town, Michael changes the sheets and I make sure we have two fresh magazines and two bars of our favorite chocolate! It’s a fun, welcoming touch that doesn’t break the bank but looks adorable and welcoming!

I buy our magazines and chocolate from Target because we’re ALWAYS in there for some reason. It’s important to implement hosting ideas that fit into your normal life habits so that it’s not more work for you!! I hope if some of you guys are looking for little ways to make your guests feel extra welcome on a budget, this was helpful!!

** Ps. Some people have asked “Do the guests TAKE the magazines?!” and to be honest, some do and some don’t and that’s totally fine with us!

xoxo, Katelyn
13 Comments A Home Made for Hosting
  1. Ally Skeer reply

    This is such a great idea to make guests feel welcome! Also, a cute framed white board with the home’s wifi password would be wonderful ;)

  2. erica reply

    I can speak from experience (as a guest) on how such a simple, yet thoughtful touch can make one feel so comfortable staying in another person’s home. Great post!

  3. Tatyana reply

    Such a cute idea!

  4. Lindsay reply

    I appreciate so much that you reused your previous bed set for your guest room! It’s gorgeous!

  5. Natalie reply

    I absolutely love this idea! So sweet!

  6. Meghan reply

    What a great idea!

  7. jamie delaine reply

    i love this. randy + i can’t wait to own a home… (but living in the “most expensive city in canada” doesn’t help… hahaha) – and even at our one-bedroom place, randy buys a cute bottle of water + chocolate for guests!!!

  8. Nancy Pennington reply

    ….. in addition to the welcoming ideas you mentioned — I put a photo of my guests in a frame in their room! If I don’t have one, I hop onto FB and steal one. If a grandparent stays with us — they love seeing a photo of their grandkids!
    Last but not least I have a few bottles of water and a secret box filled with quinoa bars, Ferrero Rocher chocolates and trail mix!

  9. Kristina W. reply

    I love hosting people at my home too! I collect tourist brochures and pamphlets and have created a binder full of information about our local area, to include things like guest passes to the zoo, the air and space museum, the Desert muesum, etc. I also included blank Tucson/Arizona postcards and stamps so if they want to write a postcard it’s super easy! When my parents visit I get a box of their favorite chocolates and leave it on their bed. :) Most importantly, I leave bottles of water on the nightstands because it is SO easy to get dehydrated here and a lot of guest don’t feel comfortable rooting through cupboards looking for a glass!

  10. Katie reply

    So fun!! We don’t have a ton of overnight guests, but when we do, I try to leave travel sized toiletries, tissues, and bottled waters in our guest/craft room for them along with fresh flowers!

  11. Carissa Kennedy reply

    I can vouch for this! We definitely felt like royalty on our trip! I especially loved the water at night :) Small things go a long way!

  12. Steph reply

    So what are your two favorite magazines? I couldn’t make out the first one. I have a terrible obsession with simple living magazines!

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