Yes, we are having house guests again! It may seem a bit much, since we only moved into the house in April, and we had house guests in July, now in September, and we will have more in October, but you know what? We really enjoy hosting folks in our home!
When we were house-hunting, we were looking for the standard 3-bedroom 3-bath 2-car garage home. The perfect “starter home”, ya know? Since it was our first. When we looked at the house we ended up buying, I remember thinking, and telling Jerrod, “4 bedrooms! We don’t need 4 bedrooms! Is that greedy of us to place an offer on a house with 4 bedrooms?” We felt such a peace about it, so we ended up going ahead with the offer, and then the purchase. So we decided then, since we had the space, we would use it, and use it well.
This coming weekend we are hosting 4 boys and a chaperone from the African Children’s Choir, and we are SO excited! The group will be at our church to minister on Sunday morning, so we’ll pick our crew up on Saturday evening, feed them, let them get a good night’s sleep, and then feed them again Sunday morning before heading to church to watch them sing! (They are SO sweet – if you’ve never heard of the African Children’s Choir before, it’s an amazing organization. PLEASE check out their website (www.africanchildrenschoir.com), and listen to them sing. BEAUTIFUL voices, BEAUTIFUL children.)
However, with a recovering hubby who is not allowed to do any kind of strenuous activity for two weeks (including bending over and lifting more than a gallon of milk), I knew I had to be ahead of the game on this one. So what did I do? I created a printable, of course!
Side note: Jerrod is doing VERY well after his surgery on Monday, and we thank everyone for all of the thoughts and prayers! It ended up being about a 7.5 hour ordeal, which was much more extensive than we thought, and he was in a great deal of pain that first evening. But he’s continued to improve as the days go on…and he wanted to know if I was going to post the pics of his poor sliced-up head and stitches and scars here on the blog. Um…no, I informed him, I was not. Although perhaps it would be a good Halloween post…
Anyways, here’s the printable:
It’s nothin’ fancy, I just needed a place where I could gather my thoughts, and I decided that it wouldn’t hurt for me to use this every time we have house guests…so I don’t forget anything.
Clean the house, with a special emphasis on guest spaces: We have a guest room and a guest bathroom, but we also have an office and a project room, both of which can hold nice, elevated, queen-sized air mattresses. So whatever space I need is what receives a special emphasis.
Make sure toiletries are stocked and linens are washed: Things like extra toilet paper, and having all the guest room sheets and towels washed and in place are the big ticket items here.
Create a Meal Plan, go grocery shopping and cook ahead: Once my Meal Plan is done, I can do all the grocery shopping for it, and, since I plan on doing some kind of a casserole for dinner, as well as a breakfast casserole, I can prep those things ahead of time and then only have to slide them into the oven!
Don’t forget to check for special needs: They are already good with CoCo the black kitty (no allergies) so that checks out. And since they are boys, I’m also going to grab a few balls (soccer, football, etc.) for them to mess around with in the back yard. I’ll add those to the toys we keep on hand for any kids who end up at our home (since we don’t have our own kids and their toys.)
So there you have it! Like it? CLICK HERE and you can download it for free! Hope you enjoy!
What’s YOUR best “plan-ahead” tip when hosting company in your home?