The key is advanced planning.
I thought I would share some of my favorite tips with you, as the vacation and visiting season swiftly approaches.
I'll begin in the sleeping area. I firmly believe that a restful nights sleep begins with clean, comfortable bedding. I adore sheets made from 100% Pima or Egyptian cotton. My personal preference is a sateen weave, which makes for a baby soft sheet. Make the sure the mattress and pillows are in good condition. I recommend that once a year you sleep in your guest area just to make sure things are comfortable. I also include a fan and an extra blanket in the room so that our guests can have control over the temperature they prefer.
The biggest area of preparation lies in the area of meals. I plan and shop for our menu in advance. This saves me from the headache of learning I am out of a key ingredient. I cook a few things in advance and stick them in the freezer. After a long day of sightseeing it is nice to just pop a lasagna in the oven.
I also set the table ahead of time. This ensures that my plates, silverware and cups are sparkling and the napkins are pressed and ready to go. After each meal the dishes are washed and just reset onto the table ensuring that the next meal will be just as easy.
In the kitchen I leave a tray set up with cups, tea, coffee, water and other drinks so guests can help themselves. There is also a bowl of fruit available and I show my guests where things are stored in the cupboards and pantry. You never know when the munchies might strike.
You may wonder why I go to such lengths to please my guests. I have found by doing these simple things we actually have more time to visit with our guests and we all have a wonderful and relaxing time.
Thank you Pop and Grammie Gunn for being such great guests. We can't wait to see you again.