ASK SCARLET: Scarlet, I just moved into a new house and I’m excited to have my first house guest this weekend. What are some ways that I can make them feel at home and also show off my hosting abilities?
SCARLET SAYS: Well, you’re in luck, because I love hosting and house guests, so I’ll give you the top 3 things that always work for me.
1. Have towels and face cloths set aside specifically for your guest. They will appreciate not having to travel with these things.
2. Give them the lay of the land of your home. Can they help themselves to what’s in your fridge? Do they need an extra key to come and go and is there an alarm code? Instead of them guessing about what’s on and off limits, just give them a little overview when they arrive.
3. Schedule in break time! No one wants to be attached to a guest at the hip for 3, 4 or 5 days. Consider that maybe they want to explore a location in your area alone or simply just have down time to read and relax. Do take the initiative to plan out some things, but also schedule in some “chill” time as well.
Happy Hosting! By the way, when can Scarlet pay your new home a visit? J/K, unless…