15 Ways to Make your Houseguests Feel at Home

15 Ways to Make your Houseguests Feel at Home

15 Ways to Make your Houseguests Feel at Home



I personally feel that being a great host is a spiritual gift.  But no, really.  Opening up your home and making others feel welcome is not an easy thing for every personality type to do.  So regardless of if you’re a natural hostess or not, I’m here to give you some of my best tips and tricks.  Because, let’s be honest, I have a houseguest every time I blink.

Above are photos of our guest room that we recently threw together.  We’re waiting on our new headboard to arrive and I still need to order a bed skirt.  I love the way it turned out!


15 hosting tips


  1. Keep a clean house.  This one is a no-brainer.  Or, at least, it should be.  No one wants to stay in a dirty house.
  2. Put away the clutter.  Clutter may be the norm for you, but it may not be for your guests.  Clean off your counters and table tops to make everything feel organized and chaos-free.
  3. Fresh bed linens.  Another no-brainer.  I’m big on having all white beds in our home because they A) make you feel like you’re sleeping in a cloud and B) feel like a luxurious hotel experience.  These are my favorite sheets and they are beyond budget-friendly.
  4. Stock the bathroom.  I always make sure to stock my guest bathroom with a new bar of soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer and extra towels.  Make sure to have extra toilet paper in the bathroom to avoid an awkward request for TP at an inopportune time.😂
  5. Keep extra necessities on hand.  An extra toothbrush, toothpaste or deodorant can be such a comfort when your guests realize that they forgot to pack theirs.  Bonus points: stocking the guest bathroom medicine cabinet with sometimes needed items like Advil, Pepto, tampons, etc.
  6. Charge it up.  Having an extra phone charger will also save the day if your guest forgot theirs.
  7. Make it smell good.  I like to make sure that I have freshly washed linens and towels that smell amazing as well as candles, room spray and diffusers out to make sure our home and our guest room smell extra welcoming.
  8. Bottled water.  I like to throw a couple bottles of water into our guest room basket just as a nice little welcome.
  9. Extra blankets and pillows.  I like my guests to feel as at home as possible.  Having access to extra pillows, bed blankets and throw blankets is a great way to amp up the cozy in their room.
  10. Provide entertainment.  I like to have smart tv’s in my guest rooms.  If that’s not an option, consider a record player and some interesting books or magazines.
  11. Added luxuries.  I make sure that my guest room has a super comfy bathrobe ready for use.  A couple other nice touches: sleep masks, slippers, a fan for white noise…
  12. Choose calm colors.  This one shouldn’t require an explanation.  Calm space = calm moods.
  13. Be temperature considerate.  Find out if your guests like to sleep in cooler temperatures than you do and find a way to make both of you comfortable.
  14. Greenery.  I have tried to add live plants to every room in our house.  Why?  Because it breathes life into a space.  And it cleans the air, making for a healthier home.
  15. Add fresh flowers.  Chances are, if you walk into my home at any given moment, you will find fresh cut flowers arranged in my kitchen.  I also love to create small arrangements for the bedside table in our guest room.  I love seeing fresh flowers when I open my eyes in the morning.


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  1. Leonie
    / 9:02 AM

    You are such an example in being a host!
    Wow, even bottles of water and necessities!
    That’s hotel quality kind of hosting!! 🤩

    • Angela Lanter
      / 7:22 AM

      I love doing it!

  2. / 5:09 AM

    You are BY FAR the hostess with the mostess! You make us feel warm and welcome every time we come to visit. Love you!!

    • Angela Lanter
      / 7:22 AM

      Love you!!

  3. Jennifer Alexander
    / 5:25 AM

    This is a great post! Such good tips for when I become a homeowner. I love the idea of the extra blanket and pillows. You can never go wrong with so many pillows on the bed!

    • Angela Lanter
      / 7:23 AM


  4. Sasha
    / 5:53 AM

    So, when am I staying?

    • Angela Lanter
      / 7:23 AM


  5. Terri Rice
    / 6:08 AM

    I love these tips! One thing that I do also that my guests get a kick out of is having a photo of themselves on the dresser or nightstand in the guest bedroom. Perhaps if friends are traveling without their kids, I put their kids, or dog!, in a frame etc. For parents staying, pics of them with the grands. Don’t have a pic? Stalk their Facebook on Instagram for one. One hour later at the local drugstore and you have a pic for your frame (s). I also keep them in stacked inside the gram for return visits.

    • Angela Lanter
      / 7:23 AM

      Oh my gosh. I love that idea SO MUCH!!

      • Terri Rice
        / 11:52 AM

        Good lord sorry about all the typos in my comment! Lol! I was typing fast on the fly! But you got my drift lol! 👍🏼❤️

        • Gemma Louise
          / 5:07 AM

          Love these tips! Can’t wait to implement some as soon as we start having guests over again!

  6. Yurece Gonzalez
    / 7:35 AM

    I love these ideas! So many I never even thought about. Medicine cabinet stocked is a great idea & the waters! Definitely saving this post lol thanks babe! 😍

  7. Mindy Diegel
    / 8:14 AM

    This would make me feel so welcome

  8. Lori Leung
    / 6:39 PM

    Never thought about water bottles. I have a basket ready in the guest bathroom with soap, shampoo, little toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, loofa sponge, lotion and towel. My sister-in-law came to visit from Hong Kong one year and her luggage got lost, so glad I had a package of underwear I hadn’t opened and we were the same size LOL.

  9. Tricia
    / 7:32 PM

    I can be there in 5 hrs!

  10. Lauren
    / 4:07 AM

    That’s awesome guest room!!! I’d love to stay in a room like it I’d definitely feel comfortable there
    and great tips I was agreeing with all of them, we’ve had a few guests stay over and we’ve always ensured the spare room is comfortable, with their own bathroom products and a nice environment – love the plants idea

  11. Erin Core
    / 11:16 AM

    That guest room feels so cozy and warm! Your guests may never want to leave lol. Cute decor pillows!! Love your decorating style! 😍

  12. Liz
    / 6:29 AM

    I love the idea of having extras on hand like water bottles and toothbrushes etc- such a nice welcoming touch!

    • Angela Lanter
      / 4:59 AM

      HAHA! I try to make it as welcoming as I can!

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