Even though Guest Room 3.0 isn’t “done done” as Greg calls it, we’re working toward getting it spruced up and comfy enough for family that are going to be staying with us around the holidays. One thing we like to do for our overnight guests is have a “welcome basket” waiting for them in their room. It’s our way of making them a little more comfortable and at home.
In the basket, we have a few magazines (including our favorite “great food around town” issue of our local magazine), a crossword puzzle book, three small bottles of water and a few late night (or early riser) snacks. We have a container readily available in the linen closet just outside their room with any extra toiletries they may need (shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc), so they’re wasn’t any need for that type of stuff in the basket.
For the late night snacks, I repackaged a few of our favorites in mason jars. Side note: Seriously, mason jars are freaking amazing. They’re inexpensive, super cute, practical and easy to find. Of course, they’re welcome to whatever is in the kitchen, but we thought a few snacks in their room might be convenient. For early risers, we have some mini cranberry citrus scones. For the late night snack, we have some sweet and salty trail mix. It’s actually called “Monster Mix”but we renamed it “Squirrel Mix” to go along with the Fall touches throughout the house for Thanksgiving – and we have a ton of squirrels in our yard, haha. For our Christmas guests, we’re totally going to change it to “Reindeer Mix”.
I made labels for the tops of the mason jars by tracing the lids on kraft card stock, cutting it out and popping it in between the lid and the ring of the top. Easy as that.
Now that the welcome basket is in place, we feel a little more ready to have family stay in our guest room over the upcoming holidays – even though we have yet to find just the right curtains.
PS – Wayfair invited us to share more of our tips for getting the guest room holiday-ready. You can read all seven tips over here.