Six Tips for Hosting Weekend Guests

Six Tips for Hosting Weekend Guests

There's something special about having friends spend the weekend. It's nice to make them feel like they're on holiday, even if it's only for a few days. They'll feel instantly relaxed if they sense that you're genuinely excited to have them stay. Here are a few of my tips to make it a bit easier:

  1. If your guests arrive late in the evening, they've probably missed dinner and will be thrilled by the thought of a simple meal on a tray in front of the fire, or on the veranda in warmer weather.
  2. With everyone usually coming from a hectic week, most guests are happy just to relax! Let them know that they can do whatever they feel, including hanging out in their room; this takes the pressure off everyone feeling like they have to be entertaining each other all weekend.
  3. It's always nice to have a few outings planned, like a morning visit to the farmers' market or afternoon at the beach.
  4. Give your guest's a key so that they can come and go as they please.
  5. Set up a drinks table in the living room, sunroom or porch late afternoon so that your guests can help themselves to a cocktail before dinner.
  6. Having all the meals planned ahead of time makes for a stress-free weekend. Make homemade soup or chilli, dips and sandwich fillings ahead of time for quick and easy lunch prep when you and your guests are returning from outings.