The unofficial start of summer, aka Memorial Day, is going down this weekend. Hang an American flag on the patio, fire up the grill, lather on the SPF and get ready for a little fun in the sun with your out-of-town guests. Whether you’re entertaining a group of rowdy friends or a few crazy family members, there are a few do’s and don’ts you should stick to when playing host. Follow these simple steps for accommodating your overnight guests and chances are you’ll make it to Monday. (Fingers crossed!)
Relay Your WiFi Password
Think about the last time you visited an AirBnB. Wasn’t it nice to have the WiFi password front and center? Go above and beyond and frame your cryptic code in an easy to read font. Your guests will be able to plug in right away and Netflix till their heart’s content.
Stock the Bathroom with Extra Toiletries
Remember those bottles of shampoo and conditioner you swiped from the hotel you stayed in during your last business trip? Put them to good use by adding them to a toiletry kit in your guest bathroom. Include a toothbrush and travel-size toothpaste to cover all the bases.
Create a Self-Serve Breakfast Bar
Late nights throwing a few back and reminiscing over days gone by are inevitable when catching up with old friends. To avoid a looming wake-up call after a booze-filled evening, arrange for guests to make their own breakfast, on their own time. To keep it simple, just stick with basics like cereal, bagels and fresh fruit.
Stock the Fridge from Your Couch
If you’ve got a busy holiday weekend planned, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour browsing through the aisles of your local supermarket trying to decide whether your Aunt Sally would prefer Cheese Nips or Cheez-Its. Avoid the hassle and use an app like Instacart to pay a small fee for someone else to deliver groceries to your doorstep.
Make Up a Clean, Comfy Bed
We can’t think of anything worse than a cranky house guest. To increase the odds that your friend or family member wakes up on the right side of the bed in the morning, upgrade your mattress to a Muse this holiday weekend. Choose a happy medium (firmness) to accommodate most sleepers and cover your new bed in squeaky clean sheets. Sheets with an 18-inch drop work best for Muse.