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Episode 112 - Weekend Guests
Company's Coming
Part Five
Oops! -- but not to worry...
I always get excited when friends or family accept an invitation to send the weekend with me. I look forward to their company and know they'll relax and enjoy the city and my home. There's a simple trick to weekend entertaining: exceed your guests' every expectation! After all, wouldn't you expect the same of them?

In the fifth and final installment of our Company's Coming series we do bathroom duty. No, we're not cleaning, although it's a good idea. Rather I'm going to explain the "Savoir Faire Weekend Survival Kit."

This is a great idea for those of us who have gone away for the weekend only to discover that we've left your toiletries at home, or worse still, thrown an empty travel bag into our suitcase. Seems hard to believe, but we've all done it. Here are some of the products that you may wish to consider including in your own survival kit.

To start you'll need a simple wire or wooden basket into which you place a large napkin. Add a selection of soaps, perhaps one or two handmade soaps, a glycerine bar or even some luxurious French milled soap. For those guests who really want to relax, how about some aromatherapy bath salts or oils.

People always seem to forget their toothbrushes, so I add one for each guest, plus some toothpaste and dental floss. Cuticle scissors, an emery board or two and band aids always come in handy. So do hair products like shampoo and conditioner, hair gel, a brush and a comb.

As our weekend might take us into the great outdoors, how about a bottle of sunscreen and hand lotion? Finally, some razors, shaving cream and mouthwash in case anyone over indulges in the garlic.

Our Savoir Faire Weekend Survival Kit serves a number of purposes. First, it keeps everything where your guests can easily find it. You don't end up having to share your toiletries, running the risk of running out. And, you can always use the products once they've left so nothing goes to waste.