How To Fluff Your Stuff to Welcome House Guests

It’s always fun getting ready for house guests.

Well, except for the deep cleaning part that has to happen first.

But, whew, sigh of relief, when that’s done, you’re ready to fluff the stuff.

You know how you’re visiting family or friends and you maybe don’t know your way around the house very well and you wake up at night so hungry because the time change is messing with your routine?

That’s when you can’t thank your hosts enough for having an emergency basket of goodies all ready for their guest.

With guests coming soon, it is time to think of getting some of these around.

Love the tray this vintage train case still has. An old dresser set from my parents and vintage white crochet gloves hang out in my green case. This red case photo source is A. Von Amelunxen

Collect some fun containers.  For my “grandma” guest room I have a vintage avocado green train case that I fill with little guest goodies at the last minute.  The “beach” guest room has a rustic wooden box with chippy paint that fills the bill.  The “barn loft” guest area gets something different every time.

This time around it’s a large chipped ceramic bowl that my mother-in-law used to mix yeast dough.  Mmm. Brings back memories, of that bubbly goodness-about-to-happen rising up above the top of the bowl, dripping down the side under the cotton tea towel used to keep the breezes from spoiling the proofing.

So, guest baskets.  Where to start?

Stuffed Suitcase has a great list to start planning with:


(be aware of possible allergies)

  • Magazine(s)
  • Beverage (bottle of water)
  • Coffee or Tea
  • Chocolate / Sweet Treat
  • Nuts / Salty Snack
  • Mints
  • Socks / Slipper Socks
  • Foot Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Lotion
  • Face Cleansing Cloths
  • Bath Products (special scent / men’s line)
  • For Kids: toothbrush/toothpaste kit, bath crayons or bubble bath, juice box, fruit snacks, nightlight)

Barn Loft House Guest Bowl

Image result for vintage ceramic bowls
This photo on Etsy looks like my mother-in-law’s bowl, in case you want one just like it!

It’s always fun roaming the aisles at the grocery/department store looking for stuff like this.  Guilt-free spending on junk food, right?  I try to look for healthy options, but still yummy and snackable.

This time around I came up with this list.

  • Microwave “light” popcorn
  • Variety of teas
  • Bottles of water
  • Sports drink
  • Little boxes of yogurt raisins
  • Mini granola bars
  • Turtle Chex Mix, because I happen to know my sister loves this choice.
  • Oranges from our tree

This is mostly a snack/tide you over till the next meal type of basket.  They’ll be having their meals with us in the house, or at restaurants they don’t have where they live.  Our day trips with them will take care of some meals, too.

The loft kitchenette has a coffee maker and basic drink supplies like coffee, sugar and creamer.  The little fridge will have easy breakfast stuff if they decide they want to have that meal up there.  So this basket is mostly to pamper them, and make them feel welcome.

The Guest Welcome Card

Welcome Guest Tropical Watercolor Poster

I plan to frame this card and set it up on the dresser.  With some Mediterranean palm branches in a huge vase.  Just using what I have on my yard.

Because I’m in this group that has the mantra, “Shop your house.”  That means yard, too, I think.

Please share tips on how you get ready for guests…


  1. Kandace

    Hi! I dont have your number since my old phone got wet😏…but i like your train case idea and i even had one but guess what…it burned with the shop/lodge:(. And your welcome poem is exactly what i have in my guest room!…anyways …if you whatsapp me I ll have your number! Love kandace

    1. Dorothy

      I’m so sorry about your fire. I can’t stand it that you lost so many precious things. I hope you’re going to receive better blessings in the future to make up for the hurt. I will definitely what’s app you.


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