Preparing for a Young Guest
If you entertain young guests, be it family at the holidays or your child’s frequenting best friend, there are ways to cater to kids. Creating a warm welcome for little ones helps them stick to their routine and alleviate any butterflies that can accompany a night away from home. Read on for my tips to create a stress-free and accommodating young guest experience.
If you entertain your children’s friends or young family members often, consider a trundle to store under your little one’s bed frame. Get one step ahead of your next slumber party and store the trundle bed ready-made with fresh linens. Futons and daybeds are great pieces to consider for playrooms and dens, spaces that may need to serve as both a living space and bedroom. These multi-function furniture options relieve you of having to futz with an air mattress and offer your young guest a sounder sleep option than a sleeping bag.
Add an element of fun to your guests’ stay by planning a craft or activity. Love to bake? Have your visitors lend a helping hand making a snack or sweet treat. Enjoy crafting? Poke around on Pinterest for holiday or seasonal project ideas. Activities such as these can become tradition, making your overnight guests’ stay more memorable one visit to the next. You can also keep a small stash of toys and games on hand, like coloring books & crayons, puzzles or board games.
Where there are kids, there are hungry bellies. For the ultimate warm welcome, shop for your visitors’ favorite snacks ahead of their arrival. Familiar foods offer a “my home is your home” feeling. Big box stores are a go-to for bulk, individually wrapped packages; perfect for stocking up in anticipation of a full house over a long holiday weekend. Another helpful tip, invest in a set of colorful plates, utensils and tumblers. Each child can use a designated color throughout their stay to keep the confusion (and potential mealtime chaos) to a minimum.
A quiet corner
Give your young guests a space just for themselves, a space to relax, like a reading nook. Pillows, blankets, bean bags and poufs are all great ingredients for creating a cozy corner that encourages some quiet time. Next to this snug setup, stock a small bookshelf or basket with age-appropriate reading material. For school-age children and young teens, consider incorporating a small tabletop space in your guest room design. A desk-height floating wall shelf offers a petite desktop for a laptop or tablet, great for holiday break homework.
With these ideas, your younger guests will easily feel at home. Do you have tips and tricks to share? I would love to hear how you approach preparing for your young visitors. Please head on over to my Facebook Page and share!