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Set a casual tone. I'm not saying you shouldn't clean up a bit before guests arrive, but keeping things close to the usual state of things around the house will help put guests at ease. Newspapers on the coffee table, flip flops piled by the door and music in the background set the stage for relaxation.
Ask ahead about favorites and routines. Check in advance to see what your weekend guests usually eat for breakfast, or if they have any special food or beverage requests or allergies. Picking up a few things especially for your guests is a nice touch and isn't really any trouble — it just requires thinking ahead a bit.
Stock bedrooms with essentials. Clean sheets and extra pillows are a no-brainer, but try adding a few of these extras to take it to the next level:
Allow for downtime. It's all too easy to fall into the trap of overplanning activities for weekend guests. Having a few tentative outings or projects on the agenda can be helpful, but avoid the urge to fill every last second. Most guests will really appreciate some blocks of unstructured time to relax, chat, read, nap or even venture out on their own.
Give guests a job in the kitchen. When dinnertime rolls around, feel free to have guests pitch in with a few simple tasks in the kitchen. Ask them to pour the wine, choose the music, prep greens for a salad or set the table, and soon your visitors will be feeling right at home.
Reconnect at the end of the day. Even if you and your visitors part ways during the day, it can be nice to regroup and kick back together at the end of the day. Make a ritual of carrying snacks and beverages into the backyard or onto the porch and sharing stories from your day.
Tell us: How do you prepare for weekend guests? Have any fun activity ideas? Share them in the Comments section!
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