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Your Guests Will Thank You, 13 Tips to Make Anyone Feel Welcome in Your Home (Plus 4 Tips for Overnight Visitors)

So, you’ve got guests coming over. Whether it’s family, friends, or that one colleague who always invites themselves over, you want them to feel welcome. 

But let’s be real: you also want to keep your sanity intact. Creating a warm, inviting space doesn’t mean you have to transform into Martha Stewart overnight. 

It’s about those little touches that make people feel at home. And, honestly, it’s easier than you think. Here are 17 tips to help you nail that balance between being a stellar host and keeping things low-key.

Trust me, your guests will thank you—and you might even enjoy having them around.

1. Create an Inviting Aroma

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Use scented candles, essential oil diffusers, or fresh flowers to fill your home with pleasant aromas. Scents like lavender, vanilla, or citrus can create a calming and inviting atmosphere. 

Attractive smells make your space feel more welcoming and can even help guests relax after a long journey. It’s a subtle yet effective way to enhance their overall experience.

2. Have Snacks Ready

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Imagine walking into someone’s home and finding a bowl of fresh fruit, some mixed nuts, or a tray of cookies waiting for you. Snacks are an instant icebreaker and comfort booster. 

It’s a small gesture that says, “I’m glad you’re here.” Plus, everyone loves a little something to munch on while they settle in.

3. Offer a Cozy Space With Soft Furnishings

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Make sure your guest room (or living area) is cozy and comfortable. A soft throw and an ottoman can do wonders. It’s all about creating a space where they can relax and unwind. When guests feel at ease, they’re more likely to enjoy their stay.

4. Share Wi-Fi Info

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Don’t make your guests ask for the Wi-Fi password. Print it out and leave it in a visible spot, like an end table, a nightstand, or the kitchen counter. 

It’s a small detail, but it makes a big difference in helping them feel at home. Staying connected is crucial, and this saves them the hassle of asking.

5. Set up a Coffee Station

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Nothing says hospitality like a ready-to-go coffee station. Whether it’s a basic coffee maker or a full-on espresso machine, make sure your guests have access to coffee and tea. 

Add some mugs, sugar, and creamer to complete the setup. It’s a comforting touch that makes mornings more pleasant and helps them start the day right.

6. Give a Quick Tour

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Show your guests around when they arrive. Point out the bathroom, where to find extra towels, and how to work the TV or thermostat. 

This simple tour helps them feel more comfortable and less like they’re intruding. Knowing where things are also makes it easier for them to settle in and relax.

7. Use Smart Lighting

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Set up smart lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Let natural light shine during the day. Then, dim the lights in the evening or set them to turn on automatically when your guests arrive. 

Smart lighting can enhance their comfort and make them feel instantly at home. Plus, it’s a modern touch that shows you’ve gone the extra mile to think about their experience.

8. Make Personal Touches

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Leave a handwritten note or a small gift in their room, like a candle or some local treats. This isn’t about extravagance; it’s about showing you’ve put thought into their visit. Personal touches make guests feel valued and welcomed. It’s these little details that turn a good stay into a memorable one.

9. Consider Their Preferences

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If you know they love herbal tea or have a favorite snack, make sure to have it on hand. Catering to their preferences shows that you’ve thought about them specifically. It’s a small effort that goes a long way in making them feel at home. This attention to detail can really elevate their experience.

10. Provide a Comfortable Temperature

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Comfort is key, and temperature plays a big role in that. Show them how to adjust the thermostat or provide an extra fan or heater if needed. 

By ensuring they can control their environment, you’re helping them feel more at ease. It’s a small thing that can make a big difference in their comfort level.

11. Plan Some Activities

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Have a few low-key activities lined up, like a movie night, a neighborhood walk, or a visit to a local attraction. It’s nice to offer options without overwhelming your guests. 

Planning activities shows that you’re excited about their visit and want to spend quality time together. Just remember to keep it flexible and fun.

12. Communicate

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Share your schedule and ask about theirs. Clear communication helps avoid any awkward timing issues and shows that you respect their time. Let them know when meals are planned or if you have any special events in mind. This transparency makes everyone feel more comfortable and on the same page.

13. Be Yourself

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The best way to make your guests feel welcome is to be genuine. Don’t stress about perfection—focus on creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Your authenticity will put them at ease and make their stay more enjoyable. After all, it’s your unique touch that makes your home special.

For Overnight Guests

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When hosting overnight guests, there are a few extra touches that can make their stay even more comfortable. Anticipate their needs and add those thoughtful details that go beyond the basics. These tips will help ensure they feel truly at home and well cared for during their entire visit.

1. Provide Essentials

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Nothing says “welcome” like a basket of toiletries waiting in the bathroom. Stock up on the basics: shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste. Throw in a spare toothbrush and some lotion for extra points. It shows you’ve thought about their needs, making them feel cared for and at home.

2. Create a Welcome Basket

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A welcome basket filled with water bottles, snacks, and maybe a local guidebook is a simple yet thoughtful touch. It’s like saying, “I want you to be comfortable and enjoy your stay.” 

This little gesture makes guests feel special and cared for. Plus, it’s handy for them to have everything they might need in one place.

3. Have a Perfectly Made Bed Ready

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Your guest room doesn’t have to be a five-star suite, but it should be comfortable and inviting. 

Fresh linens, soft pillows, and a cozy blanket can make a world of difference. Taking the time to make the bed perfectly sends a comforting message to your guests that you value them and want them there.

4. Respect Their Space

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Give your guests some breathing room. Not every moment needs to be filled with activities or conversation. 

Respecting their space means allowing them time to relax and unwind on their own. This balance between being a good host and giving them privacy will make their stay more enjoyable.

Theresa Bedford is a nationally syndicated writer. Her work has been seen on the Associated Press Wire, Blox Digital, and MSN. She writes about productivity, money, and simple living to help people focus on what really matters in life.