Friday, May 30, 2014

When I Was a Hostess Before I Had Kids

This morning I prepped our guest bedroom for my parents.  They're coming to visit for the weekend.  When overnight guests visited before we had kids, I used to add thoughtful touches to the room like setting a welcome note on the pillows or assembling a small gift bag of my visitor's favorite candies. 

Once, in a moment of hospitable ambition, I made a placard for our door that read Welcome to Hotel Kramer, even though the "hotel" was merely a bed in our upstairs dormer apartment.

Now my guests get clean towels, and I feel pretty good about that.


Life is noisier and messier and more chaotic these days.  On the positive side, a visitor's entrance into our house will always be more colorful than it ever was before children.


I think our guests, especially grandparents, feel pretty good about that.

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6 comments:

  1. We don't have the room to let people stay over but I think I would obsess over making it "hotel-like".

    When my husband and i got married, we arranged a deal with a local hotel for people to stay at. I worked with the hotel and got the names of everyone who used our registration code. I made an epic welcome bag for EVERY out-of-town guest. There was bottled water, trail mix, a Tide-To-Go pen, chocolates, chips, candies and all sorts of other goodies.

    I'm nuts like that.

    I love the decorated sidewalk. Will the grandparents have to do hopscotch all the way to the front door before they can stay?!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend with your family Robin.
    xoxo

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    1. So, you're saying that as you were preparing for your OWN wedding, you also were simultaneously making gift bags for all of your out-of-town guests? I am not surprised. You are impressive and thoughtful like that! :)

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  2. That's a brilliant idea. We don't have a spare room at the moment, but I'm hoping to be able to make a fuss of visitors when we're in our new house :-)

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    1. Sounds like a plan when you're in your new place, Francesca! That will be wonderful for you!

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  3. Amazing how things change, isn't it? I used to clean obsessively before people came over, even when my girls were very young. Now, I get it as clean as I can and I just let it go. :-)

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    1. This is SO true, Lisa! As my one friend said, "You just have to beat back the chaos...."

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