How to Host Out-of-Town Guests (Without Going Insane)

November 22, 2011 · Print This Article


Do your house guests "stink?"

by Ashley Grimaldo


Aunt Jean is coming to town. You’ve known about it for months, but you’re days away from her camping out in your guest room with a plethora of denture accessories. And she knows just how to cook your turkey. Face reality and get a game plan, considering compensating with bourbon refills can get pricey.

Sharing your home can be an awesome experience, even for folks who prefer themselves to non-resident relatives. But it just wouldn’t be the holidays without stuffed turkeys or stuffed houses–so cozy up with these sanity-saving tips.

1. assemble a meal-sharing spreadsheet.
After a decade of gathering for Thanksgiving with my mother’s extended relatives, we finally wised up and started assigning cooking and cleaning to each family. We went OCD on the plans and made certain each group knew what they were responsible for. compose the most of Facebook to send out small group messages.

2. Stock your guest’s area with necessities.
Include two towels, an additional blanket and adequate toiletries to get them through a weekend–thereupon let them know where they are. Don’t forget to leave a few bestsellers and magazines on the nightstand for late-night reading.

3. Practice sharing a room before guests reach.
Most of us don’t have spare rooms lying around all through our house–your guests will most likely need to encroach on current inhabitants. whether those evicted youngsters are under three, let them share a room with their older siblings a couple nights ahead so they will sleep well when company arrives.

4. Plan family walks.
Two big ideas here: you will eat far more than you should (despite your steely resolve) and cabin fever leads to badness (as dramatized in The Shining). It’s not an option. Everyone goes, rain or shine. that year, your clan can even walk to the nearest Best Buy or Walmart to protest early Black Friday deals. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

5. prepare a list of things to do in town (and not in your house).
whether taking a brisk post-turkey walk outside isn’t an option, have a list of fun activities read to propose for weekend guests. Think movies, bowling or, for the thrill-seekers, Black Friday shopping. Free is good, but it needs to be done away from the house at times.

6. Text or mail directions ahead of instance (with a map included).
While many of us have good access to instant maps with our smarty-pants phones, older folks would rather have clear, printed directions before taking to the road. Rather than playing GPS for multiple parties

on the night of arrival, send out an mail with a map of your place and typed directions on how to get there. Include other need-to-know stops nearby, like grocery stores and pharmacies.

7. Invest in a good air mattress.
whether you aren’t a fan of air mattresses, you haven’t slept on a good one. But you’ll have to pay more for a bed that doesn’t leak. They will run you by $100, but whether you buy a discount gift card to Sears from sites like GiftCardGranny, you’ll save around $10 on a queen-sized bed.

8. Ask about food allergies.
It seems most of the world is now deathly allergic to at least one food (or food group), but as the host, you have the responsibility of accommodating for preference and allergy. Eating With Food Allergies has a fabulous guide to preparing a quality Thanksgiving meal sans EpiPen.

9. Buy several plastic-lidded cups.
Unless you’d like a mass of unidentified cups sprouting around your house, watering the carpet, get a batch of souvenir cups with lids to contain the mess. Let each guest autograph their own cup with a permanent marker and let them take a piece of the holidays home with them.

10. Ask big groups to bring their own pillows, blankets and towels.
Yes, that is normally understood, but everyone needs a reminder. whether your overnight guest list is really enlarged, propose bringing towels and sheets as well. Put a hamper in a central location near the bedroom so guests who strip the sheets don’t have to wonder where to put them.

11. produce plans for visiting pets.
Our furry friends seem to be more than just four-legged friends these days. whether your cat-crazy relatives can’t compose it through the weekend without toting Whiskers along, address it ahead of moment. Consult that list of Thanksgiving safety tips for dogs, and compose certain you, as the host, know whether the animal is quiet. A barking dog can kill the holiday cheer in five minutes.

12. Enjoy the moment and don’t stress by plans!
These holiday memories won’t roll around forever–have some perspective and be a gracious host. Be thankful you have a generous space to share and let your cooky relatives enjoy it as well!


Ashley Grimaldo comes from a expanded line of penny pinchers and enjoys blogging on money-saving tips and advice for frugal-minded parents. She lives with her husband and three children in Bryan, Texas. Ashley has been featured among such media outlets as Redbook, The Chicago Tribune,, and CBS News-Houston.


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