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GuestTiger Sat 16-Jul-16 09:40:06

PILs are visiting for a month (from overseas) to meet their first grandchild. They are staying with us. We're turning our bedroom into a guestroom for them. It's a small room but has an ensuite, king-size bed, a wardrobe and chest of drawers.

How do I make it comfortable and welcoming? I've bought some 300TC bedlinen. Should I buy new towels? Are white towels better? How many towels per person? Which products should I put in the ensuite?

Obviously I'll empty the wardrobe and chest of drawers and deep-clean everything.

There is a small table and a lamp but no space for a bedside table.

Any tips for making them feel at ease?

NapQueen Sat 16-Jul-16 09:43:29

I'd put a starter bottle of shower gel shampoo and conditioner in there but I would expect to buy my own.

Can you make sure there is a thin blanket on the bottom of the bed and a spare sheet or two in the wardrobe? Lots of people have different blanket preferences so it's be nice to meet those.

Are there plug sockets next to the bed? I often go on my phone on an evening and that's also when it needs charging.

I'd put two bath sheets and two bath towels in along with a hand towel and put new in each week. They may bring their own.


Is there a TV? If so fresh batteries in the remote.

Case of fresh flowers.

NapQueen Sat 16-Jul-16 09:43:38


Tinklypoo Sat 16-Jul-16 09:44:06

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NapQueen Sat 16-Jul-16 09:45:21

Could you put a very small shelf each side of the bed? I wear glasses and need them on constantly so I'd be a bit frustrated if I couldn't have them next to me while I sleep.

NapQueen Sat 16-Jul-16 09:45:39

Yy to plenty spare loo rolls.

coffeemachine Sat 16-Jul-16 09:46:41

is this for real? shock
clean bedsheets and towels and new bottle of shower gel and soap. that's it.

MooMooCowFace Sat 16-Jul-16 09:47:22

That sounds perfect. I don't think you need new towels. What does your DH think? They are his parents after all.

The most important thing is that you make them feel welcome rather than the physical things iyswim smile

I think some people feel more comfortable If they are treated as part of the household rather than formal guests. I.e. Invited to make you own drinks and breakfast or whatever.

Congrats on the baby and hope you have a lovely time with your PIL

DragonsToSlayAndWineToDrink Sat 16-Jul-16 09:49:09

White towels make me paranoid I'll get make up or similar on them - and esp panic during my period! So I prefer colour. Otherwise sounds lovely smile

boab Sat 16-Jul-16 09:51:14

Maybe a couple of well chosen books or magazines left in the room

londonrach Sat 16-Jul-16 09:55:13

Hooks on back of door, dressing gowns, bottle of shampoo, soap, spare toilet rolls, books, magazines, information from tourist office of local places to visit, empty drawer, coat hangers in cupboard. A bunch of fresh flowers in a vase but not too perfumed and check allergies. Clear towels and whole room clean and fresh... Just image what you like. They very lucky.

coconutpie Sat 16-Jul-16 09:59:20

You've a newborn and you're giving up your bedroom and ensuite for PILs for a MONTH? You are crazy.

Sleepybunny Sat 16-Jul-16 10:01:01

Depending on space obviously but a dressing table or mirror so they can dry hair/apply make up.
My PIL stayed after our children were born. Having an extra hairdryer in their room was helpful as well as slippers and a sodoko book. (Things my MIL appreciates!) my DH likes his own space, so having a TV in the room was good when my parents stayed.
The ensuite is stocked with new toothbrushes, toothpastes, shower gels, shampoos (all travel sizes) Guests can just help themselves to what they fancy.

echt Sat 16-Jul-16 10:02:04

I so don't get why you're giving up your bedroom. Is this the only bedroom you have?

embo1 Sat 16-Jul-16 10:05:04

Wowzers. Where are you sleeping?
A bin, air freshener

LadyFannyOfOmaha Sat 16-Jul-16 10:06:00

This is surely a wind up? We had our parents stay after the birth of DC1 as we lived overseas. They had an inflatable mattress in the lounge. No way would I have given up my bed after just giving birth.
If you are genuine, the only other thing I can think of is a kettle, teabags etc so they can make a hot drink in the guest room.

raviolidreaming Sat 16-Jul-16 10:07:50

Obviously I'll empty the wardrobe and chest of drawers and deep-clean everything

Obviously... confused

hotdiggedy Sat 16-Jul-16 10:12:08

I like that you have bought them a new bed set AND told us the thread count!

I would just hope for a clean and tidy room really. Sure, flowers and a couple of books/magazines to read would be nice. And slippers and a fluffy towel and dressing gown. And a radio or TV. And a nice reed diffuser of course. But not necessary!

hotdiggedy Sat 16-Jul-16 10:12:45

You must have plenty space if you can empty your whole wardrobe!

embo1 Sat 16-Jul-16 10:13:32

You'd need a change of bedclothes and spare towels. (I'd leave them in the room and when you ask for the dirty set, let them know where the clean set is... You have enough to be doing without making their bed!)
Water carafe and glasses?
Pen and paper
Local map/brochures

embo1 Sat 16-Jul-16 10:14:48


BeckyMcDonald Sat 16-Jul-16 10:15:48

Oh God, last time there was a thread like this someone ended up getting bollocked for not providing a kettle, a toaster, a hairdryer and a kitchen sink for her house guests (note: her house guests. Apparently men don't have to think about this kind of shot)

I'd just provide clean bedding and towels. If they need anything else I'm sure they can ask.

BeckyMcDonald Sat 16-Jul-16 10:16:07

this kind of shit

seven201 Sat 16-Jul-16 10:16:54

How new is the grandchild? I think you're mad to be giving up your room and they may well awkward that you have! Are they particularly fussy as you're going to a hell of a lot of effort and Expense?

DiamondInTheRuff Sat 16-Jul-16 10:19:20

The one thing that I always look for when I stay with another person is a mirror. But I have very unruly hair that I need to keep tabs on!

Wifi code?

Maybe a few first aid basics like plasters and paracetamol.

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