Spring is just around the corner, and so is the arrival of my springtime visitors! Every year, my family and friends grow tired of the cold in my hometown of New York and come to visit me in my current residence of sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL. Even though this is a busy season for me, I enjoy welcoming others into my home along with the warmer weather. 

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Need some inspiration for hosting this spring? After years of living down south and hosting many northern visitors, here are my tips and tricks for creating a welcoming guest space in your home. 

Tip #1: Set up the guest bedroom. 

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Creating a welcoming space for your guests is the first step to playing host! Calming neutral and pastel colors are key to decorating a room meant to welcome anyone into your home. My guest space is inspired by the oceanside and embraces the neutral tones of living by the sea in Fort Lauderdale. For my late-night and early-morning arrivals, I like to leave some treats by the nightstand using the Winter 2021 wooden tray. If you need some inspiration, here are some snack ideas for last-minute visitors. 

Tip #2: Collect menus and display things to do.

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One of the best ways to make your guests feel welcome is to give recommendations for your go-to places. I will often leave menus from my favorite restaurants or coupons for local attractions that my guests can browse at their leisure. Oftentimes I am still working while my guests are visiting, so I enjoy leaving suggestions for things to do! To do this for your guests, start collecting menus from your take-out orders, and pick up coupon books at your local rest stop. Make it look nice and neat with a decorative basket or holder. I love using the basket from the Summer 2021 box!

Tip #3: Stock your bathroom with towels and toiletries.

Have you ever forgotten your toothbrush or shampoo bottle at home? Chances are, your guests have left something home as well. To avoid late-night knocks on your door or texts from the other room, stock up your bathroom with extra toothbrush, toothpaste, and soaps. Organize your towels on the counter for easy access. 

Need some more ideas for spring visitor prep? The Spruce has ten ways to prepare for your house guests outside of setting up your guest spaces. 

Happy hosting!

About the Author

Danielle Pierce is a first-grade teacher, adjunct writing professor, and copywriter. She began as an intern for Decocrated during summer 2021. Danielle is an avid equestrian, and when she is not prepping for her classes or writing blogs for Decocrated, you can probably find her at the barn