112 - Weekend Guests
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
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
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.