On Preparing For Guests July 30, 2014 | Hi friends! How is it already Wednesday? We had a great weekend away in Nashville and are still recovering. We have our sweet family from TX coming in today and I thought that I’d share how I prepare for guests coming to stay at our home. Definitely not re-inventing the wheel here, but a few fun tips and tricks to make your friends and family more comfortable. To be honest, having guests over (even if they were our family), used to REALLY stress me out. Like really. I’d make sure every single thing was perfect and it would take me hours and hours and hours. Now that we live away and we are fortunate enough to have guests semi-often, I have a few go-to moves that I really love. Instead of pouring my time and energy into making sure that my floors are perfectly polished, I opt to put a few fun things together that will add value (and a little fun) to their stay with us. That being said, I am signing off for the week and will be enjoying my sweet nieces! First, I always love setting up a coffee bar. In my humble opinion, no one should have to wait for coffee, so regardless of when you wake up you can come downstairs and fix yourself a cup of joe and don’t have to search for a thing. I love the disposable cups in this case, so that you don’t have to worry about waking anyone up digging through the cabinets for mugs. Next, I love doing a big shopping trip ahead of time and buying lots of fresh options so that we can whip up dinners, lunches and desserts. hj Whats on the menu this week: -Oven Nachos with Ground Beef -Chicken Quesadillas -Italian Sausage + Pasta Soup -BBQ Chicken Pizza -Asian Chopped Salad -Cinnamon Raisin French Toast -Crockpot Breakfast Casserole -Chocolate Chip Cookie + Ice Cream Sandwiches (with sprinkles) -Fresh peach cobbler …and S’mores…duh Next, since 2 of our guests are kiddos + 1 teenager, there’s really not an option to forget plenty of snacks. I love having them out, so that they can help themselves when they are hungry and don’t feel like they have to ask anyone. Admittedly not the healthiest selection, but they are on vacation, so it’s okay right?! And I might will definitely sneak in a Cosmic Brownie just because they’re delicious! I love having a stocked bathroom with everything you need toiletries wise, because honestly who wants to pack them?! It never fails, mine always end up leaking and it’s just such a mess. There’s nothing better than fresh towels and I always have them laid out on the bed so that, again, you don’t need to ask for any. Lastly, fresh flowers in the guest room are a must. They make me so super happy! How do you get your home ready for overnight guests? Did I miss anything? Do share, I love to hear what other people do in their homes!