Without a doubt, gathering with the ones that matter most is the best part of the season. Whether it's your first time or you're a seasoned pro, hosting overnight guests is a gratifying experience but one that takes a lot of planning and care. You want to make your visitors feel comfortable and at home in your space. Travel is exhausting, especially during the season, so you want to make your guests' stay as relaxing and refreshing as possible. To help you prepare for your company, we have created a five-step checklist of all the measures you should take beforehand. Start in your bathroom, and pamper your guests with luxe bath linens. In the morning, show an extra level of hospitality by offering premium dining essentials. Switching to your guest bedroom, bring in layers of textural bedding and throws. To further help them relax, introduce aromatic fragrances with warm, seasonal notes. Finally, simple floral arrangements add a bit of life throughout the house. This checklist is the latest in our series of fall hosting guides, taking you from the dinner table to your bar setup to now, your guest room. Read on for our complete guide, and watch our reels and TikTok videos to get inspired by more of our seasonal entertaining.
✔️ Refresh Your Bathroom
We recommend you start in your guest bathroom. As our Creative Director mentioned in her conversation over our Fall Editorial, "My number one tip is just to always clean your bathroom. People stress out that guests will judge your clutter or the mess your kid made," but the reality is properly cleaning your guest bathroom is much more critical. Swap in new bath accessories and refill soap and lotion dispensers, cotton jars, and tissue holders. Finally, upgrade your towels, mats, and shower curtains; those soft, premium linens allow you to pamper your guests a bit.
✔️ Elevate Their Morning Routine
Good hospitality lies in the details—simple gestures like elevating your guests' morning cup of coffee or tea make all the difference. Think of a piece like this brass and marble pour-over stand or a stoneware teapot with refined details. Serve up baked goods, fruit, or snacks with this Lotta Pedestal Bowl to add eye-catching appeal to your table.
✔️ Pile On Layers of Texture
You'll want to bring in as many soft, textural linens as possible in your actual guest bedroom. Opt for lightweight styles that can be layered easily, from cotton bed covers to linen duvets. Finish the look by curating your decor with plush, patterned long lumbar pillows or knit throws. On the nightstand, leave an artful carafe set and an extra charger. If you want to leave some extra reading materials, a magazine rack is a compact option to place bedside as well.
✔️ Introduce A Warm, Aromatic Scent
We also love the idea of placing a scented candle on your guest room nightstand or dresser. Lighting a candle or using an incense holder is an easy way to put your visitors at ease, and its amber glow creates an ambiance. Our tip is to opt for one scented candle and then add on more unscented options for more accent lighting. Or, you can utilize a diffuser with essential oils made with all-natural fragrances instead.
✔️ Place Floral Arrangements All Over
We like to buy a few simple arrangements or bundles of freshly cut flowers and sprinkle them throughout the house. One in the entryway, one on the dining room sideboard, one on the living room coffee table, and another in the bathroom.