Having a party? Give your guests something more to talk about than the food and who did not show up. Surprise them with a bathtub full of lilacs. They're fun and inexpensive. They are in bloom just in time for graduation. It will be a party to remember, I promise.
By Joanne from Fond du Lac, WI
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Have family coming to stay overnight that you haven't seen for a while? Gather a few photos and make a collage from them or copy them and put them in an inexpensive photo album.
When our children and grands are visiting, we give up our bedroom for them and we sleep on a comfortable queen-size air mattress somewhere else. I pack myself a suitcase of everything I need while they are here - all the clothes, jewelry, and shoes.
My tip is something my Mom did when she had company staying over. Before she went to bed each evening, she would set the table and prepare everything possible.
Give your dinner guests the option of wooden or plastic toothpicks after a wonderful dinner.
Overnight visits from company of any age find it helpful to have a series of night lights available from their bedroom to the bathroom, and even more night lights within those areas.
As a courtesy to guests who may need to make use of your bathroom facilities, store extra toilet paper, deodorizing spray, a toilet plunger, a roll of paper towels and bowl brush in an easily accessible place.
I save all those little hotel samples of shampoos, conditioners and lotions and place them in an adorable little basket for my guests to use.
Fold the end of the toilet paper sheet on the roll holder in the bathroom into a V-point, just like the housekeeping staff does in better hotels.