This past weekend we had some of our closest friends in town from Chicago which meant all last week I ran around getting our home “guest ready”. You see, I take the act of hosting very seriously and hosting is really all about the prep work! Prep work I’ve got down to five easy steps - it starts with a cocktail (of course) and ends with breakfast. Five easy steps I thought I’d share with you Loves! truly, MKR
Photography || Rustic White
Ballard Designs bed head || Juju Hat || Caitlin Wilson Gold & White Pillows || West Elm Duvet || Acrylic Tray || Jonathan Adler Muse candle || Gold Vases || Double old fashion glasses || Gold & white small trophy bowl
No. 1 – Ready the cocktails. After planes, trains, and automobiles your guests are likely a bit exhausted from the travel so greet them with a “house” cocktail and a proper toast to kick off what will hopefully be a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
Pottery Barn nightstand (old) || Pier One lamp (old) || Dwell Studio vase (also available in black) || Jonathan Adler carafe || Dauville coasters || Dauville bowl
No. 2 – Prepare the guest room. This means fresh linens and towels, extra pillows, plenty of closet and drawer space, and fresh flowers on the nightstand is always an appreciated touch.
Jonathan Adler zebra || Guest soaps || West Elm towels hand and bath towels
No. 3 – Create a guest room tray. As a guest there’s nothing worse than having to ask your host time and time again for items they may need or have forgotten. A fully stocked guest tray will eliminate the ask all together. Some suggested guest tray additions would be; water (sparkling and flat), a carafe, glasses, napkins, coasters, a candle, matches, Advil, magazines, and treats. I love wrapping treats such as trail mix and cookies in re-sealable packaging so if your guests don’t dig in during their stay they’ll have something to snack on at the airport.
No. 4 – Bathroom extras. The most forgotten items when traveling are toiletries. Therefore stock the bathroom with all of the necessities; toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, perfume, and soap. And may I suggest buying the small individually wrapped soaps to avoid the half-used-leftover-from-the-guests-full-of-germs-before-soap.
Luxe tray || Guest toothbrushes || Dauville bowl
No. 5 – Stock the fridge. It’s always best to check with your guests before arrival to make sure they don’t have any allergies or need any specific foods during their stay. Then fill your fridge with all of the standard items (milk, bread, coffee, wine, etc.) plus a few regional specialities they may not be able to get at home. For example we’ll have pimento cheese, BBQ of some sort, and homemade Southern biscuits (recipe to come!)