Having people over? Even if it’s just a work buddy who’s going to your place for the first time, there’s lots of easy stuff you can do that’ll make your Auntie proud without either taking all week or breaking your piggy bank.
The simplest is also arguably the most important: Put in a fresh roll of toilet paper.
This may sound trivial, but if you’ve ever had to pee at a friend’s place and there were only six squares left, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
We’ll go back to the bathroom in a minute. Next in importance are beverages. No, I’m not going to suggest a must-have list of mixers and booze. That’s up to you.
My must-haves include decent drinking water (tap/filtered/bubbles optional) in the fridge and either iced tea or coffee. Yes, you have to have milk, sugar & some kind of diet sweetener if you offer coffee, but you probably already have milk and if you have a day or two to prep, you can lift a couple of packets of sweetener by then. Auntie doesn’t really approve, but you’re gonna do it anyhow so I’ll look away.
That’s pretty much it. The bare minimum is a choice of hot or cold drink, and plenty of toilet paper.
From there, in order of importance:
Windex™ the bathroom mirror. A wise but busy hostess once taught me that if your guests can see themselves clearly, they won’t look at the mess.
Fancy little cookies keep for months, and when you put them on a plate you have an instant tea party. For those of you who aren’t so inclined, a bag of chips & a jar of salsa keep just as long, except that they don’t because you’ll have eaten them before you need them.
Don’t have time to get milk for the coffee? Drive through the closest Drive Thru and order one. It’s the perfect size.
Food really isn’t an issue. If dinner is expected by mutual consent (this does not include someone who just hopes to be fed), stay local or order pizza. Your treat if you want to be the host. If dinner wasn’t part of the plan but so much time has passed that you’re both hungry, see previous about pizza.
If, on the other hand, time has passed & you kinda wish that your guest would go too, then here is my final tip: “Thanks so much for coming! I feel like I’m chasing you out, and I’m sorry about that, but I have a ton of stuff I have to do tonight. This was really fun, though.”
Your choice if you want to add, “We should do it again sometime.”