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Hosting Out of Town Guests

The View at Mill Run Blog, Owings Mills, MD  We have tips for hosting overnight guests. Read more about how to make them feel at home in your apartment.

Summer is here, and for many Americans that means vacations and visiting friends. So don’t be surprised if you end up with guests! Hosting guests at your apartment at The View at Mill Run needn’t be a stressful occasion. It simply takes some preparation ahead of time. We’ve pulled together some ideas for helping guests feel welcome in your home in Owings Mills, MD for today’s blog post.


— Simply put, do what you can to help your guests feel welcome. A fresh bouquet of flowers sends a “welcome to my home” message that’s easy to sense. Create a “welcome basket” for your guests. Include things like mints, snacks, a charging bar or power strip, a magazine, a flashlight, a business card with your contact information, a guide to things to do in the area, and some bottled water.


—  Provide the most comfortable bed you are able to. For many people, that means offering your own bed to people you are close to (make sure the linens are clean), and you sleep on the air mattress or fold out bed; this is also a good way to find out if your guest bed options actually are comfortable. Other bed options include foam sleeping mats, a camping cot, or a daybed if you have room. Provide an extra blanket if it tends to be cool in your apartment.


— For convenience, provide a variety of easy-to-fix breakfast and lunch options for your guests. Yogurt, muffins, cereal bars, instant oatmeal, fresh fruit, and hard-boiled eggs, plus several juice choices, make breakfast easy. Put together a make-your-own-sandwich bar or leave a pizza for a quick lunch. Or leave a list of local places to eat and coupons for them if you happen to have some.


If your guests don’t already have plans for every evening they are with you, perhaps take them out to dinner and then on to an activity where you can chat as you participate. Or simply prepare a home-cooked dinner and have a game night. Don’t feel like you need to be with your guests 24/7; everyone needs down time. The most important thing is to enjoy spending time with your guests, and these tips take the stress away so you can do just that.