I love to entertain; the planning and the preparation is all part of it.  I think of the person(s) who will be a part of party and make meaningful and personal for them.  I don’t even mind the cleaning frenzy I get into; mind you I have three dogs and a husband that work against me at all times.

You don’t have to go all out to make your home inviting, as my husband says, “they are not coming to see how good a housekeeper you are, they are coming to see you.”   So I try to keep that in mind and not worry about the house so much as I think of little things that will make my guests more comfortable. 

I will clean up the guest room, fresh linens on the bed and towels in the guest bath.  Along with a basket at bedside that contains a book, crossword puzzles, bottled water, snacks, and pain reliever.  I even set up a small coffee bar with mugs, canister of coffee, assorted basket of teas, hot chocolate so they don’t feel they have to wait until they hear someone stirring outside their room to come out.

I place another basket in the bath with personal sized shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, soaps and I even place a bath robe and slippers in the room for their use.  

I create a gift bag and a personal note with travel size lotion and body spray, candies, a scented candle; it doesn’t need to be expensive, just personal.  I set this on the bed so they see it when they enter the room, this let’s them know how much I look forward to their visits and how much it means to me.

These little things take very little of my time, but has a huge impact on my guests.  They don’t care if I didn’t get my floors mopped or the flower beds weeded.  Best of all I get to enjoy my company and the weeds and floors can wait.