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Guest Checklist & Printables: Southern Hospitality

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Do you want to invite more friends and family to stay at your home, but maybe you’re nervous about preparing for guests? Here are some tips for preparing for a guest with a guest checklist and some cute printables to make the room more inviting.

guest checklist


Have you ever stayed with someone and they made you feel “at home”? I want everyone who stays with us to be relaxed and enjoy their visit. I often stage our guest  bedroom similar to a hotel. On top of the usual guest preparations such as putting clean linens on the bed, I’ll put out snacks, toiletries, books, and various other items.

guest checklist

Guest checklist


Tips for preparing for a guest



guest checklist


Here is guest checklist and a link to the printable pdf file.



Houseguest checklist

Guest checklist

Doesn’t this guest bedroom look like a hotel or a nice Bed & Breakfast? I put a few books on the nightstand. I added some coloring pencils and an adult coloring book to the dresser. I also used two bowls (you could also use baskets) to create a snack tray and a toiletry bowl. I added items like travel size shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. I also added a few stain removing wipes, extra hair ties, and a razor because those are items I typically forget when I travel. If I have fresh flowers in my garden, I’ll often cut a small bouquet to put in a vase. It’s too late in the year for garden flowers here, so I used some hydrangea stems that I dried.




img_7266 You can find pdf versions of the two printables below here and here.



One of the biggest tasks for me is clearing up the closet, making sure there is adequate drawer space, and there is a place to store a suitcase or two. Our guest bedroom doesn’t have a closet, so I use a large antique armoire. I had been using that space to store my wedding gown because I couldn’t think of anywhere else to put it.



Photo Credit: Ginger Snaps Photography

I loved my wedding dress, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I don’t have a daughter, but I didn’t want any future daughter to feel obligated to wear it if I saved it. I had heard about a website where you could sell your gently used wedding gown. I thought that maybe another lucky bride would fall in love with it the way I did; She could get a designer wedding gown at a discount, and I could recoup some of the money I (over)spent on my wedding. only charges a one time listing fee of $25 per dress. They charge no additional commission or fees. The fee is nominal compared to what most consignment shops or other resale sites charge.

If you’re considering selling your dress on the site, here are a few things you should know:

  • Use the Wedding Dress Value Calculator to establish a reasonable asking price for the dress.
  • Describe the dress with as many details as possible.
  • Include lots of photos in the listing with shots of the front, back, and any intricate details

I’m hoping that I can free up space in the armoire, help out another bride, and make some money.

What are you storing in you guest bedroom closet? Are you using it to store your wedding gown or maybe you know someone else who is? Considering selling your wedding dress on

What do you do to prepare for guests? What are some special touches that you’ve seen a host or hostess add to their home to welcome a guest? I’d love to hear if you use my guest checklist or if you have anything you think needs to be added to it.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Amy Desrosiers 28/09/2016 at 11:02 am

    You truly know how to make your guests welcomed! I love this post and the lovely touches you have added to your home to make friends and family comfortable. #client

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