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Hosting 101: The Welcome Basket

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Parker and I get so excited to host family and friends in our Virginia home. For the first time ever, we have a guest room that does not require guests to sleep on an air mattress...yahtzee! I've tried to hone in my hosting skills over the years after seeing what guests need, what they always forget, and what they expect. For future temporary residents of our casa, I have created a welcome basket that I am excited to show you today! Want to one-up your hosting game even more? Have those home-cooked meals waiting! Now onto the welcome basket...

Items to include:
  • Travel-size toiletries. We have these stocked up from hotel stays and miscellaneous trips, so go through your cabinets and see what you already have. Toiletries to remember are shampoo/conditioner, body wash, mouthwash, toothpaste, lotion, and hand sanitizer. 
  • Chapstick. If your guests are visiting in the winter and happen to forget this little goldmine, they'll be thanking you for having it. 
  • A candy bar. We all like a little sweet treat every now and again. Just sayin. 
  • Magazines. Grab a magazine or two that you know your guests will love. It's nice to have something to flip through before you go to bed.  
  • McCafé coffee. People need the coffee. Enough said.

Honestly, if you only provide one item on the list, make it the coffee. It's the welcome basket MVP. Parker and I are the first to admit we aren't big coffee drinkers. I enjoy it loaded with all the tasty toppings as a treat every once in a while, but I'm not an avid coffee drinker. I realize though that we are definitely in the minority. People LOVE their morning cups of coffee and rely on it to have a happy, productive day. When Parker and I were living in Florida, his parents came to stay with us. We didn't have any coffee in the house, and I was so embarrassed when I woke up to find out they had run to the nearby gas station for coffee. Hosting fail, and lesson learned.

After attending a McCafé demo at Walmart, I decided this was the coffee to make my basket complete. I chose the McCafé coffee bag to give guests the five-star treatment without paying the five-star price, and you can opt for the coffee pods if that's more your style. This coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans and comes in 8 different flavors, so there's something for everybody. I headed to Walmart to pick up my bag along with any toiletries I didn't already have laying around the house for the welcome basket. It was one-stop shopping at its finest over here. 

So there you have it! These are the items I recommend including for your very own welcome basket. This is your key to being the hostess with the mostest, so get after it! Another way into your guests hearts? Through their stomachs. I have a few favorite recipes I like to make, but check out the Cooking Up Good website for some good go-to recipes. They also have loyalty programs, sweepstakes, and coupons, so it's a win-win, really. 

Have you ever made a welcome basket? Did your guests ask to move in and stay forever? 

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Janelle Cook said...

We also stock up on the travel sized stuff at hotels and have a whole cabinet full for guests! I like the idea of putting together a whole basket, though - that's a great idea. :)

The Life You Love said...

This is a really cute idea. I don't know why I never thought about this kind of thing. Well, maybe because I've never actually had anyone besides Paul come visit me. I'm keeping this in mind for next year, though!

Stephanie said...

What a great idea! We often have guests stay at our home and adding some coffee to our usual out-of-town guest basket would be a fabulous idea. I love the idea of McCafé coffee pods so that they can select which of the flavors they enjoy most! Thanks for sharing! #client

Stephanie said...

That is such a cute idea! We have a drawer in our guest bathroom full of extra toiletries, but a basket is such a nice gesture.


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