I’m not saying I have a super power, but if I did it might be hosting! I absolutely love hosting guests and from the first time I stepped into what is now our home, I knew it was the perfect place to do so! Having the house filled with people brings me so much joy, so I think I can safely say my cup is full right now! I’m excited to be sharing 5 Hosting Tips To Make Your Home Feel Like A 5-Star Resort, which is the biggest compliment I consistently get from guests who stay with us! Four Seasons, who?!
You never know when your guests will arrive with exciting news to share or something to celebrate, which is why I keep at least one bottle of champagne and 2-3 bottles of Prosecco chilled at all times throughout the summer. My Champagne of choice is Veuve Clicquot and my Prosecco of choice is LaMarca.
If you don’t have the room to keep bubbles chilled, use this trick to chill your room-temperature bottles as quickly as possible:
Step 1: wet a few pieces of paper towel (enough to wrap around a champagne bottle)
Step 2: wring out the paper towel so it’s no longer dripping wet
Step 3: wrap the paper towel around the champagne bottle and put said bottle in the back of your freezer
Step 4: check after 15 minutes, it should be chilled by then, pop the cork, and enjoy!
My guest bathrooms are currently outfitted with Annie Selke towels that always get rave reviews from my company. Instead of bath towels, I provide my guests with bath sheets, which are just an oversized version of the bath towels we’re familiar with. The larger size instantly adds a level of luxury that most people aren’t used to having at home. HERE are the exact towels I stock in my guest bathroom.
As for sheets, I do love my ruffled Annie Selke sheets AND I’m also now a HUGE fan of Red Land Cotton’s heirloom quality sheets that are 100% made in the USA. At the moment, I have Red Land Cotton sheets on my bed and I would like to outfit my guest rooms with their sheets eventually. You can use my code: LIFEONPHILLIPSLANE15 for 15% off your Red Land Cotton order!
It’s also worth noting that I use Red Land Cotton’s towels in my bathroom. They’re really soft and I would stock them in my guest bathrooms, but I don’t have enough for a complete set. Having a complete set is crucial in order to emulate that 5-star resort feel! (My definition of a complete set is 4 bath towels/sheets, 2 hand towels, and 4 washcloths.)
Depending on how well you know your guests, they might have no problem telling you their dietary restrictions and food preferences, or they might feel uncomfortable doing so, in which case, it’s best to anticipate your guests’ needs! Most importantly, coffee! I don’t drink coffee, but even still I have an entire drawer dedicated to different coffee blends, tea and hot-coco options for non-coffee drinkers, along with dairy free creamers and more! Prior to having company, I’ll also make sure I have half & half in my fridge because I know how popular that is.
-Medium Roast Coffee
-Dark Roast Coffee
-Non-Caffeinated Teas (Peach, Mint, Lavender)
-Caffeinated Tea (Earl Grey)
-Nut Pods Dairy-Free Creamers
-Dairy Free Milks (Almond, Oat)
-Half & Half
-1% Dairy Milk
P.S. If you’re a non-coffee drinker like me, instead of investing in a coffee maker that takes up space, just opt for a French Press instead! It’s super easy to use and won’t take up valuable counter space (I store mine in a cabinet).
If you’ve stayed at my house, then you’ve probably had a Hand Rolled bagel for breakfast, or as we like to call it here, brekkie! These bagels, from a local shop in town, are THE BEST. I’m not kidding, literally everyone who tries them agrees. I always run out the day of/the day before (depending on my schedule) to Hand Rolled to pick up a variety of bagels for my guests to enjoy during their stay. For guests who are gluten free, I run over to By The Way Bakery in Greenwich, CT for GF muffins and other pastries. (Fun fact, everything from BTW Bakery is also dairy free!)
Not only am I able to offer my guests breakfast by doing this, but guests also get to really feel like a part of the town through trying these local favorites!
So wherever you live, my recommendation would be to find the equivalent! Whether it’s freshly tapped maple syrup from your backyard, ice cream from the local creamery, handmade beeswax candles, you get the idea!
If I have a signature move, leaving a hand-written note in my guests’ rooms might be it! This is such a simple, yet hugely impactful hosting tip that makes such a difference. My guests love the personalized greeting waiting for them in their room (I usually leave the note on the bed) and I love writing them!
-Welcome [Name]! We’re so excited to have you visit!
-Thank them if they had to travel far to get to you.
-Include something you’re looking forward to doing with your guests.
-Make sure your guests know that they should make themselves comfortable and if they need anything, to just ask!
P.S. Keep it short and sweet! No need to write a whole essay, unless you want to. My notes are usually 3-4 sentences!
I hope you found these 5 Hosting Tips To Make Your Home Feel Like A 5-Star Resort to be helpful! If you ever have any specific questions or need help brainstorming ideas, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d seriously love to help!
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