My mother-in-law is coming to stay at our house for a week while on vacation. My question is what kind of things should I have in my guest bedroom? I want to make a great impression. Thank you.
— Jodie Howell
It looks like Jodie’s mother-in-law is coming for a visit and Jodie wants to do things right. She wants to make her guest feel welcome and comfortable. Way to go!
I suggest that you take a few moments and think a bit about what your guest enjoys, and then tailor the amenities to suit her tastes. Make the bed as comfortable as possible, with freshly laundered and pressed sheets. Set out comfortable pillows, maybe one feather and one foam, and a throw blanket or simple coverlet in case of a cool spring night.
Lay a set of guest towels out on the bed: a large bath towel, a smaller hand towel, and a face cloth. Place a special soap on the towels, or prepare a little basket of toiletries, such as bath salts, a nice body lotion, smaller fragranced soaps, and maybe even shampoo and conditioner. Your mother-in-law would really appreciate this special touch.
Now that the bed and bath are looked after, consider the room itself. Fresh flowers would be such a nice touch. A simple vase of tulips, miniature roses, or some other fragrant blooms will do the trick. You can also partner the fragrance idea with a tiny bowl of potpourri to entice sweet dreams.
There are also some nice touches you can add just before your guest heads to bed. I always place a small beaker of mineral water and a glass on a night table. You can arrange a few chocolates and maybe even some fresh fruit like a plum, a peach, a pear or an apple. Place the fruit onto a little side plate and put out a paper or linen napkin. Another nice touch would be to put a photo of the family on this same table.
Don’t forget reading material like a book or magazine. Select them based on the person’s interests. A book on gardening or a magazine on design or cooking may be just right. Another nice touch would be to have a clock in the room as most guests usually travel without. Don’t forget to make room in the closet for her clothes and remember to ask if she needs an iron and board over the course of the visit for a quick press.
These last few ideas are all kid related. If you do have kids, suggest that they make a little “Grandma’s Room” sign for the bedroom door. Taking some fancy paper, they could also make her personalized stationary just like a fancy hotel. If the kids are really up for the challenge, they could even do a breakfast-in-bed menu, and take orders for the following morning. Imagine how much fun she’ll have as the kids pounce in with a breakfast like no other.
Expect big praise for all of these things. Guests absolutely love it. Have a wonderful visit and enjoy the time you spend together.