Preparing for Overnight Guests ~ Hospitality Part 4

Having overnight guests can be stressful, can't it? This is why a lot of people don't do it.. But it doesn't have to be stressful. Here are practical ways that you can prepare for overnight guests while also taking the time to make them feel welcomed in your home.

While my husband and I were dating, I surprised him that year on Valentine’s Day by traveling 4 hours to spend the weekend with him. By with him, I mean staying at a church members house overnight while he stayed on campus. We spent every moment we could together though! I cooked him dinner in his dorm suite, we went to church together and hung out at this kind church members house.

I don’t remember the bedroom I stayed in or what food we ate, but I do remember how comfortable and welcomed I felt in their home even though they barely knew me. 

This is key to remember when you are preparing for guests. We aren’t showcasing our homes, our cooking or our dinnerware, nor is it about pampering them to feel like they are sleeping in a hotel. We should be striving towards making them feel comfortable and welcome in our homes. You don’t need to have fancy bedding, furniture or dishes to have overnight guests.

Simple planning ahead can go a long way to making sure they have everything they need while staying in your home. You don’t want anyone feeling like a pain having to ask for things.

Take time the week before your guests arrive to prepare their room.

Clean the linens. Make sure everything is fresh, this includes the blankets, sheets, pillows and throw blankets. It is a good idea to have blankets in the room in case they get cold and don’t want to bother you.

Make the bed before they arrive. A weary traveler doesn’t want to make their bed in order to sleep. Everyone wants to collapse and rest. Make that possible for your guests.

Be sure to have the bedroom  and bathroom clean and tidy. If you don’t use your guest room very much, you’ll find some dust bunnies that need to be vacuumed up and some surfaces that need wiping. It’s probably best to do this while your bedding is washing so you don’t get the dust on them after you’ve already cleaned them!

Having overnight guests can be stressful, can't it? This is why a lot of people don't do it.. But it doesn't have to be stressful. Here are practical ways that you can prepare for overnight guests while also taking the time to make them feel welcomed in your home.

Leave out some extra toiletries. This is a great way to use up all of those freebies that you sign up for! And if you don’t sign up for them, then you should start and then use them for guests! I like to keep a decorative bowl on the vanity filled with extras that my guests can use. This is great for if they forgot something at home or didn’t think to bring lotion but now their hands are super dry. It’s a simple and thoughtful gesture that will make them feel special.

Along with extra blankets, be sure to have enough towels and washcloths in the bathroom. Keep in mind how many days your guests are staying and be prepared to have enough on hand. Same thing goes for toilet paper, make sure the guest bathroom has plenty.

Lighting is important, we all like to have a lamp by our bedside, so make sure to have one available to your guests. Many people like to read or chat before turning out the light but don’t want to get up to do so, so prepare ahead of time to get an inexpensive table lamp.

If you have extra resources, think about preparing a welcoming basket of goodies for your guests. Try asking ahead of time what their favorite snacks and drinks are and be sure to pick those up ahead of time. This is a kind gesture that says, we are glad you’re here!


Preparing for overnight guests doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Give yourself enough time to prepare the space that your guests will be using. Grab some thoughtful goodies for your guests and give them a warm welcome when the arrive. Then enjoy the time you have together and make the most of it!


Your turn! How do you prepare for your overnight guests? Do you like to have something special for them when they arrive? Did I miss anything? Let’s talk in the comments below!

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  • Reply
    Cathy Lawdanski
    May 31, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Wonderful suggestions . Makes me want to come & stay at your house!

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    Vanessa @ cuttingedgekid.com
    May 31, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Those are GREAT ideas! I especially love the idea of leaving freebies out for guests/hotel shampoo and body lotion… great gesture 🙂 Christianity is so much about hospitality – and I’m always looking for ways to make our home more inviting! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      June 5, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      I love those repurposing those freebies! So glad you found these helpful!

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    Charlene Maugeri
    June 1, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Such good tips. And I am definitely guilty of trying to make my home perfect and like a hotel when people stay over. It’s a flaw of mine that I’m working on. I’m a perfectionist, but I know that’s not the most important thing. One other thing I could add to your list is to make sure you have some space in the closet for them to hang up any nice clothes.

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      Anastasia Safee
      June 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      I’m a fellow perfectionist as well. It is hard to overcome.

      That is a good tip! Especially if your guests will be at your home during a church day or special occasion. Love it!

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    August 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    If it’s a friend staying overnight, having a picture of the 2 if you on the bed or in room. Letting them know you cherish the friendship

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