Preparing for Guests

LAST UPDATED: Apr 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Sep 08, 2014 | By: Julie Blanner

Preparing for Guests | easy & beautiful ways to welcome guests to your home

Over the weekend, we hosted another set of friends from Kansas. Last week, I had pulled items from other rooms of our home, preparing for guests the previous weekend. This space is full of light, with two large windows overlooking a gorgeous lake with a fountain. It’s far different than the dark basement bedroom in our previous home that had to be balanced with white. It was a little too white, even for me, so I decided to add a little pop of color & a few additional touches to make our guests feel at home.

Decorating the guest bedroom with pineapple - the symbol of hospitality

Years ago, in a little antique store in Rocheport, Missouri, I found a set of 3 dried pineapples. For just $7, I took them home & added them to the guest bedroom. 3 moves later, I have no idea what happened to my set of pineapples, but did manage to find one online. Pineapples have long served as the symbol of hospitality, notably speared on a fence post to invite guests into homes to visit. You can imagine my joy when I found this darling little pineapple candle from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart. It was the perfect pop of color I was hoping for!

Making guests feel at home

I also added some beautiful sunflowers – the Kansas state flower, their home state. Adding plants & flowers can really bring a room to life.

adding pops of color to a room

I’m really excited to share all of the things we enjoy in St. Louis with our friends & family. I put together a taste of St. Louis welcome gift basket with a few of our favorite things {all local} in a handwoven basket. Of course you know I made them my favorite St. Louis gooey butter cake as well!

Welcome gift basket idea

Welcome guests with a taste of your hometown in a beautiful gift basket

Welcome gift idea

How do you like to welcome guests for the weekend?

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