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How To Have Guests When You Don’t Have a Guest Room

Tomorrow is a day our family has been looking forward to.  We have friends coming to visit for a week, from the Philippines!

A.C. has been a great friend to my husband and I since before we were married.  In fact, he gave my husband a nudge toward me and said “What’s wrong with you, dude?  Go get that girl!!” or something along those lines:)  He stood in our wedding 13 years ago, and just last year, my husband had the privilege of flying to the Philippines -where A.C. and his family are missionaries- and standing in his. He found an amazing woman who loves God, loves him, and has a beautiful little girl who is my girls age.  He has been a priceless friend to us, and what makes this visit even more exciting is we get to meet his new wife and daughter.  Yay!

I want them to be as comfortable as possible in our home, and I have takes some steps to help make that happen before they get here.  I personally believe that it is possible to make guests feel comfortable, loved and welcome even if we do not have an extra guest room/ bathroom.  I know this because we have stayed with friends and enjoyed every minute despite having to share the space we are in.

We do not have a fancy guest room, so we are having them stay in our basement.  Our basement is carpeted and furnished, it is a large family room area where we watch movies and exercise. It will provide them with plenty of space, and with a few little touches, I think it will feel welcoming. I thought about all the different things a hotel room offers to make ones stay more comfortable, and tried to provide the same for them, as best as I could.

We have a queen size, elevated air mattress for A.C. and his wife.  I have an area in the basement that they can store it during the day to get it out of the way.  For their little girl, I have a foam mattress that is comfortable but portable, just in case she would want to move it to my girls rooms for a “sleepover” as they get comfortable around each other.

photos from martha stewart

Here are some things I am hoping will make their stay comfortable:
~A basket of individual snacks, just in case they get the midnight munchies
~Magazines for reading and relaxing
~A basket of travel size toiletries-toothpaste, lotion, mouthwash, band aids, Tylenol, etc.
~A rolling, portable rack for them to hang clothes on.
~A Big screen TV for A.C.’s sports viewing pleasure
~Video games
~Iron & Ironing board handy, in the laundry room right off the basement
~A fan, it is pretty cool down there, but it might help block the noise of us walking around up here!
~A basket of rolled up towels & wash clothes
~A full length mirror
~A clock
~A basket full of toys and things to do for their daughter
~Extra blankets
~A pen & notepad
~A table and chairs for their laptop

I have my favorite coffee on hand, and all kinds of meals and snacks planned.
I really can’t wait to see them, and since we will be busy having fun with our friends this week, I may not be able to post as often.  So if you wonder where I am…I’m with my guests!

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  • Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME!
    June 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Ah! So THIS is what you are doing 😉
    I love this post because 2 of my sisters are coming with both of their families in July, and I do have a guest room, but it only has twin beds, so some of my peeps need to go in the basement, too.
    I love the idea of the fan to hide our stomping noises 🙂
    I am using some of your ideas–like the snacks and a box of toys, as I have one niece who is 9 and one who is 3.
    Hugs to you and I pray you make many memories with A.C. and his bride!

  • Alicia
    June 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    How sweet! I love this.
    We are currently living in a two bedroom apartment that is VERY small, so we do not have a guest room, either. Our plan for when guests come is to let them sleep in our bed and for us to sleep on the couches. We TOTALLY won’t mind this at all…it’s just trying to convey that to our guests that might be the hard part.
    I love all of your little ideas and will implement some of them next time we have guests…:D
    P.S. Visiting from http://www.iDreamOfClean.net, where Christine linked up to you!

  • Jill
    June 25, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Sounds like you have thought of everything! I’m sure your guests will love staying in your home.
    I love your procrastination meme. I will definitely add it to my list! 🙂

  • Marianne
    June 24, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I have guests coming over every once in a while. With only two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two kids it can get quite interesting. The record was set a few years ago when my mom, aunt, uncle, 18 year old and 11 year old cousins came to visit. There were 3 people in each of the bedrooms while hubby and I slept in the living room on the sofa for a whole 3 weeks. It was so much fun.
    Enjoy your guests and we’ll see you when we see you. It sounds like they are going to have a wonderful time with you.

  • Slipstitches
    June 24, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Oh your guests are going to feel so loved, thought of and comfy. These are excellent ideas you have that will definitely have a long lasting effect. My FIL came here to the UAE to spend a week with us and he is still talking about the great time he had. I wish you well and an awesome time with your guests. Btw I found your blog while doing a Welcome Wednesday Hop? I think I’ll stick around here and follow you too. Plz stop by Slipstitches anytime 🙂

  • Issa
    June 24, 2010 at 3:32 am

    oooh! your ideas are fantastic! 🙂 My cousins are frequenting our home lately so this will be a nice touch. 🙂 By the way, I live in the Philippines so your post about having a Filipino guest made me so excited. (weird right? lol)

  • Aimee
    June 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Sounds great! Enjoy!

  • Miriam
    June 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Can we come stay at your house sometime? You make it sound so much better than a hotel!

  • Busy Working Mama
    June 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Great tips! I hope you all have a wonderful time with them!

  • Decorchick!
    June 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    What great ideas!! Too bad we don’t have a basement! I really wish we did though, that would be awesome. Hope you have a great visit with them. My husband is half Filipino. 🙂

  • Anna
    June 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Great ideas! Very fancy! I think I might copy some of your ideas and write a similar post because I’m having guests soon too. My guests are family which makes it a little easier, but my mom has food allergies which makes an interesting challenge that I always look forward to facing. I love taking care of her because she can’t really go to many places and just relax without worrying about the food.
    Thanks for the great post! Have a great time with your friends!

  • Chels
    June 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I love this idea. It’s very brilliant and inviting. It’s funny you post this today because my husband’s grand-parents and his aunt and uncle along with 5-6 of their children are flying into today from Africa. They are also missionaries in Malawi where they’ve built a college (African Bible College). My in-laws are currently on the trek to Seattle to pick them all up and bring them back to where we live and it’s going to be Crazy. My in-laws still have 5 kids living at home (7 kids total) and all the kids are having to give up their rooms for the family that’s coming into town. And if that isn’t enough with all of them, my sister in law and her husband are flying into town on Friday. One big group of people in a fairly small 4 bedroom/2 bath house. I know my Mother in law already incorporates some of these ideas when our family comes into town…but I thought it was so funny that this was posted today when our huge family is coming into town. Thank you for the read 🙂

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