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One of us gets to be a guest this Thanksgiving while the other is the “hostess with the mostest” with six family members descending upon her home for the holiday.  So when we were asked to provide our tips for making visitors feel welcome for athome in Fairfield County, we knew exactly what we’d recommend (come late and leave early?!)  Actually, a bedside bouquet and a winter-scented candle are all you need to make a guestroom comfy and warm; your guests will feel so at home, they may never leave!

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

Carolyne Roehm likes to keep holiday munchies on hand in a small pantry and refrigerator on the guestroom’s floor…

Drink and Be Merry!

Drink and Be Merry!

while Cindy Rinfret wants her guests to get the party started with a mini bottle of Patrón Silver on a tray in the guestroom (his and her bottles – what a hoot!)

May We Have Some More?

May We Have Some More?

Local architect Dinyar Wadia is lucky to have married the “best chef around” but he doesn’t let his guests take any turkey home (though she sneaks them some anyway)…

The Perfect Bath

The Perfect Bath

and Barbara Sallick, Co-Founder and SVP of Design of Waterworks, stocks towels and a fragrant bar of soap in baskets for friends and family who spend the night (and makes sure a real clock on the nightstand is set to the right time.)

Lovely Lavender

Lovely Lavender

A spritz of lavender linen spray gives the guestroom a fresh soft scent and New York designer Sara Gilbane swears by scented oval discs in the closet and drawers.

How about you, what do you do to make a guest feel welcomed?

P.S.  Thank you, Ann, for including us among such talented tastemakers!

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

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5 Comments

  • Reply designchic November 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

    And you have the perfect ones! I’d love to be a guest…happy weekend, ladies!

  • Reply Jeanne McKay Hartmann November 8, 2013 at 10:48 am

    All great tips -especially the Patron. I wonder what would have happened if I would have left some in our guest room when my in laws visited. 😉 Instead, like you, I went for the bedside bouquet, baked some pumpkin bread and made soup before they arrived.
    Happy weekend, ladies! I would love to be your guest any time! XO

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass November 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Ok, I think I pinned every image here. A stunning post, you two!!
    I know for a fact the bouquet and candle are amazing, and all is so beautiful.
    Happy Weekend!
    Teresa
    xoxo

  • Reply quintessence November 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Wonderful suggestions all! That Carolyne Roehm image is one of my long time favorites!! Happy Weekend!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips November 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Beautiful post, ladies….and one that is perfectly timed. I’ll be a guest for Thanksgiving, a host for Christmas and a guest once again for New Year’s.

    For my guest room, I agree with the stacks of white towels, fragrant candle and working clock. I might have to copy Cindy’s drink tray sometime (my holiday guests don’t drink). I just ordered notepads with the house address, as opposed to our name to stock the guest room and might have to hang a stocking on the bed!

    Hope it’s been a great weekend and you have a wonderful week ahead!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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