HOW-TO SERIES : Guest Welcome Tutorial

Jun 17 2014

by Emily McCarthy

Guest Welcome Tutorial by Emily McCarthy

Entertaining is one of my favorite things and I LOVE making guests feel welcome and comfortable during their visit. We live in Savannah so we often host visitors for a weekend here and there – all exploring this charming place we live in!

All of these tips are SO easy and do not take a lot of effort. My secret to easy entertaining is to grab things here and there so you have them on-hand for impromptu arrivals. Stock up on the basics and you can whip anything together in a jiffy. For the Guest Room Welcome Tutorial below, these are all things I had in my home that didn’t require a special trip to the store.

Here’s a list of my favorite things to keep on-hand that always work for impromptu guests:

Assorted Cocktail Napkins and Guest Towels

Travel size and Sample Soaps, Toiletries, Shower Caps, etc.

Small bottles of water and beverages

Assorted candies and chocolates – I love to include local favorites of the area (Pralines, Byrd Cookies, etc)

Locally designed stationery that features landmarks and key locations in Savannah OR a set of your family Signature Stationery

So here it goes…I’ve designed a Guest Welcome Kit for both the bedroom and bathroom – both equally important.

First up, the Guest Room Basket!

What’s included:

1) Flowers – Fresh is preferred, Silk will do on the fly.

2) Plush Bath and Hand Towels – we received the best gift for our wedding, a set of assorted “GUEST” towels – each a different color. Such a great idea for embroidery!

3) Bottled Beverage

4) Something Savory or Sweet

5) Stationery and Pen for writing a quick note home! Or in some cases, the guests have left a sweet note before leaving. We have kept those over the years to reminisce.

6) Candle and Matches – after all, they are coming to Relax and Unwind!

7) Another addition that I often include are local magazines!

Next up, the Bathroom!

Okay, I KNOW you love to confiscate the hotel room toiletries and what better way to try out new products right!

I toss them into a ginger jar for guests who forgot anything. This includes shampoo/conditioner, shower cap, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.

My favorite is the juice carafe – it provides them with a nice clean glass of water or you can serve orange juice in the morning. Toss in a few paper guest towels and some yummy soaps and there you have it. There aren’t any rules about what to include or what not to include – whatever you feel will make your guests feel welcome.

To wrap up this post, I wanted to share my new personalized Guest Towels now available in my Shoppe: Choose your towel and ink color and pick your monogram style. Enjoy 20% off TODAY – SUNDAY (6.17.14) by entering GUEST20 at checkout!

Working on a few tutorials for you! Would love to hear your ideas

All the best,



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