6 Guest Bedroom Ideas in Preparation for Holiday Houseguests

Prepare for Holiday Houseguests With These Guest Bedroom Ideas! How to make guests and visitors feel more welcome in your home during Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving.

Wow, October is more than halfway over which means that it is just a few weeks until the holidays! I don’t want to alarm you, but it really can sneak up on you. In case you’re expecting holiday houseguests this year, I wanted to share some of my favorite tips to help them feel more welcome. These 6 guest bedroom ideas are so easy, but can make a world of difference in making the visit feel even more special. Let’s dig in!

Prepare for Holiday Houseguests With These Guest Bedroom Ideas! How to make guests and visitors feel more welcome in your home during Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving.

Prepare for Holiday Houseguests With These Guest Bedroom Ideas

Get a guest book

When we first bought the cabin, I knew we’d have loads of guests and visitors since we live in such a cool destination. Because of that, I bought a guest book! This was my ultimate guest bedroom idea, not gonna lie. I was SO excited to get it.

The guest book lives either on the nightstand or on the bed and I ask each person who stays with us to write a note. It’s been really fun to go back and read everyone’s entries and will be an awesome piece of personal memorabilia in a few years.

BTW don’t forget to include a pen or two so they can actually leave a note!

Fresh flowers

This recommendation will probably be controversial because of allergies, but whenever possible, I like to include a small vase of fresh flowers or foliage that I’ve foraged. This adds a bit of life and texture to the guest room. It’s just a lovely personal touch!

If your guests are allergic or don’t like the smell of the flowers, instead try a few houseplants.

Extra blankets

I run cold, but I also hate having to bug a host for more blankets when I’m cold. Because of that, I always keep a few extra blankets and quilts on hand in our guest bedroom. This allows guests to help themselves and adjust accordingly.

I also like to include an array of thicknesses and weights so that if they are hot, they can use a lighter layer instead! This might seem like a no brainer guest bedroom idea, but trust me, it makes a different and helps guests feel more comfortable.

Prepare for Holiday Houseguests With These Guest Bedroom Ideas! How to make guests and visitors feel more welcome in your home during Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving.

A bathrobe or two

I’m a big fan of our guests feeling like they are staying in a nice bed and breakfast or even a hotel. For that reason, I’ve picked up a few luxurious bathrobes that I keep in the guest closet. I encourage them to use the robes as much as they want. And then I simply wash them along with the bedding when the guest departs.

This tip is especially nice because our guest bathroom is not attached to the bedroom. With a robe, they won’t have to worry about going between the rooms in their towel!

A fan or sound machine

I sleep with a white noise machine every single night. So when I stay somewhere and don’t have it, I’m lost! I figure that most people are similar, so I’ve equipped our guest room with a small fan and a small sound machine. This also helps because my office is above the bedroom. So if I’m working and they’re napping or still asleep, I won’t bug them as much.

A sweet treat

And lastly, I keep a jar of caramel candies in the guest bedroom in case our guests want something a little sweet. I have a big sweet tooth and I just sort of assume everyone else does as well! Our jar is a vintage one that adds a pretty pop of amber.

Prepare for Holiday Houseguests With These Guest Bedroom Ideas! How to make guests and visitors feel more welcome in your home during Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving.
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A few other ideas to help guests feel welcome:

  • Provide extra toiletries: I keep samples of skincare, haircare, and body care in apothecary jars so they have easy access to anything they may have forgotten. This includes bug spray, sunscreen, and menstruation products
  • Keep lots of toilet paper on hand
  • Give them extra towels
  • Have a full length mirror in the guest bedroom
  • Splurge on a luggage rack
  • Offer candles to help them relax and feel cozy
Prepare for Holiday Houseguests With These Guest Bedroom Ideas! How to make guests and visitors feel more welcome in your home during Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving.

What guest bedroom ideas do you have to share? I’d love to know and step up my game!

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