It is wonderful to have friends and family over for a few days – bonding together, sharing a laugh from old times, just the company of people you like - can rejuvenate you. But few days also mean few nights that come in between! While your usual planning, attention to detail and excellent food can earn you an honor of being a wonderful host but a trip at short notice, with schedules busy as ever, may not leave you with much time for preparation.
Now, most guests, when making an unplanned stay over usually are coming to spend some time with you and not to see your house! But, personally, I still like to welcome people in a clean and comfortable house. And if my living space looks good, that adds to the delightful company I am about to enjoyJ But again, I don’t want to go crazy cleaning every nook and corner and neither should you!
But, we have got you covered, at least for things that can be planned ahead - here are 6 tips to wow your guests with minimal effort and lots of style & comfort:
- The Guest Bedroom Bedding:
The fastest way to have the guest bedroom ready is to give the bed a new look. When tired from the journey or day trips, that gorgeous bed is going to take all the accolades! Keep the guest room bedding clean and stored separately so you don’t have to worry about that at the last minute. Selecting and having the right bedding can make the guest accommodation comfortable and welcome. We all have comforters for the cold night but it might be useful to keep an extra throw or light quilt on hand for extra guests or kids.
Update your guest room with a retro-modern bedspread in sulphurous yellow and urban gray or, splash it with a scrumptious red with a hint of cedar green bedspread, that will just wow your guests. Or, if you wish to use plain bed sheet, pair it with a feather-light yet warm hand-crafted quilt which serves as a bedspread and coverlet. The idea is to use pattern and motifs to feast your eyes and even one piece on the bed can make a huge difference. We wouldn’t sleep in anything else!
2. Refresh with fragrant candles
Add a scented votive candle in Jasmine and a few decorative cushions done in Mughal Glory and Fading Sun covers – super affordable, impeccable finish and in designs, you will love.
We promise it will transform your guest bedroom in a snap and give it a vintage feel and charming look which no guest can resist!
3. Power Cleaning
Power Cleaning is two-fold: Declutter Quickly & Efficient Cleaning.
‘Quickly’ being the keyword when we de-clutter. Well, the idea is to get hallways, foyer, living room, kitchen counte cleared off toys, paper, books, etc. Organized, open spaces are always inviting and give the ‘clean’ look we are aiming for. So, go for a 15-minute pick-up/put-away routine in event rooms like kitchen, living room, guest room.
Just a note here- Sometimes during spring cleaning, I realize that there are so many things we have not touched for 6 months and sometimes even a year, and still it’s hard to let go! Ah! I need the rule to save me-‘One new thing in, one old thing out.’
Let me stay focused on quick clean-up: Once the place is de-cluttered, half your job is done! Now, you need efficient tools like Wet Wipes, Magic Eraser for a super-quick clean-up job. In fact, it is a good time to enlist help from kids – they are excellent with wiping down tables and counters! While the kids are at it, you can move on to the next task.
4. Set The Table, Create An Ambience:
Whether you choose to order the food in or dish up roasted vegetables quickly, a well-dressed table complete with tablecloth and dinner napkins will set the ambience for a great dinner, making you the finest hostess ever. Add a few scented candles and play some sweet music to bring everything together.
Govinds Grove recommends tablecloths (rectangular or round) in Fading Sun, Mughal Glory, Mohana and Lotus Garland. Pair them with coordinating dinner napkins (set of 6) and you have set the stage for a fancy dinner. Long lasting, all table linen is hand-block printed on 100% cotton and is machine washable. Life should be easy. Add a few scented votive candles to soften the atmosphere and get ready to receive compliments for the lovely arrangement.
5. Living Room Touch-Ups:
Though we agree that decorative throw cushions can add zest to the room instantly, we think it’s even more important to have extra seating without adding any clutter. How can you do this? A simple solution is large-sized Euro Shams. They look great as cushions but add tremendous value as extra seating if there are more people than couch seats!
Spice up your living room with one of our beautifully designed euro sham covers - fairly traded, hand block printed every inch and woven with stories of artisans- enough reasons to make it a conversation starter!
6. Relax And Enjoy:
Wait! Get yourself a glass of refreshing lemonade, you will need it, after all that hard work. Now, go ahead and get into something nice –you deserve to look fab! (Believe me, that one hour of work would have worked up a glowing complexion!).
Mission accomplished- your home is ready for your guests. Enjoy the evening!
Would love to hear from all you super-hostesses as to how you tackle the ‘overnight guests at short notice’ situation in the comments below.