How do you entertain guests when they come to stay at your house?

United States
July 28, 2008 1:31pm CST
We just had a couple come and stay with us for 4 or 5 days. It seemed like every day either myself or my husband was running to the grocery store to pick up a few items. We cooked alot, swam in the pool, went to a movie, and went shopping. We even went for a walk one day. We watched a couple of movies at our home also. Plus, we ate out a couple of times. What kinds of things do you do when guests come to stay? How do you entertain your guests? I am always open to new ideas.
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@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
29 Jul 08
Whenever we have guests at home, we always make it a point to bring them to places they will enjoy like the beautiful beaches near our place. They almost always enjoy the out of town trips and when home we do a lot of cooking of native dishes they do really enjoy.
• United States
29 Jul 08
Hi salonga. Your beaches sound lovely. A day at the beach is always a fun day, isn't it? And so relaxing, too. Just lazing on the sand and watching the tide or swimming. Now, that's a great vacation day! Exploring the town and cooking a great meal--what more could a guest want? That sounds like your guests are very well taken care of!
@salonga (27842)
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
Yes they are! So our guests would never tire going there every time they visit and oh yes, the cooking and everything are always lots of fun! Have a nice day!
@krismort (25)
• United States
29 Jul 08
When I know a guest is coming I like to find out what drinks and snacks they like so I can make sure I have it available to them. I also like to plan one "fancy" dinner, something that seems like I am awesome in the kitchen. I love Rachel Ray's cookbooks, the meals look good they taste great, and they are quick and easy to make. I also take them out to eat. But, instead of going to the normal fancy places, or the big names, I like to introduce guests to the hidden treasures of the town. Every town has at least one place that doesn't look all glammed up but the food and often the service is just marvelous. The same with sites. When I lived in Santa Barbara, CA. I would take friends hiking on my favorite trail or show them a few of the hidden parks, you know to show the true beauty of the place not just the tourist sites. They can be a tourist on their own time there, while they were with me I could show them the things that the locals love about the place.
• United States
29 Jul 08
Hi krismort. I, too, usually email the guests in advance and inquire what beverages and snacks they like! Your "fancy" dinner sounds so fun. I, too, love Rachel Ray's cookbooks. I have 2 of them and often prepare meals that Rachel Ray has recipes for. It sounds like you take very good care of your guests, krismort! You really show them the gems in your town. Very cool. Showing them the best parks and out of the way restaurants sound like great ideas! Thanks for responding and sharing how you entertain your guests.
• United States
29 Jul 08
well normally the only people that come and stay with us are our own family so it isnt much enterntainment to be done. but i did cook breakfast and make big dinners for my mom and her friend when they stayed with us for about a week.
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• United States
29 Jul 08
Hello latriciajones. It's always nice to have family to come and visit. Yes, many times, our visitors are also family. Yet, we still like to entertain them and do some fun activities with them. There's always a lot of cooking to be done whenever people visit, isn't there? Thanks so much for sharing latriciajones.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
28 Jul 08
We generally only have people come to stay for supper, so my husband barbecues in the summer and I cook in the winter. We round things off with discussion or a rented or if we have one they like already, a movie we own. Sometimes I have a bunch of friends come for pot luck. I don't know what I would do with people for 4 or 5 days. My husband's Mother and Brother came for a couple of days and we brought them to the Mall. Where they live, they don't have one. Take care.
• United States
28 Jul 08
Writersedge, It seems you and your husband have worked out a fantastic way to split up the cooking duties when guests arrive! Very smart. Yes, a movie can be a nice way to entertain people, and very relaxing for the hosts/hostesses also. We have had people for as long as 2 weeks, although they don't 100% depend on us to entertain them. Yes, the mall is another great idea for an afternoon out! Plus, our mall has a movie theater with 16 (or so) screens, which is very nice. Thanks for your response.
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@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
28 Jul 08
Hello,Grace!We entertain our guests so long they are with us.we provide them foods and all facilities,including conveyance for their movements from our home to their destinations.thanx
• United States
28 Jul 08
Hi bbrs13. Your home sounds like a very nice place to visit. That's kind of your to provide the transportation for guests. It can be very important for those who don't have their own car. Thank you for responding.
28 Jul 08
The guests that we avecome to stay are mainly from hubbys side,and they love to go out to eat in the evening,so if they come for two or three days then we eat out each night.Although it is good not having to cook,I miss the preparation of the meal,plus it is far more expensive to eat out,which is another bugbear,we goout to little towns nearby and explore with them,they are very easy to please.
• United States
28 Jul 08
Going out for dinner is always nice, isn't it? Plus, you don't have to plan, prepare, and clean up after the meal. Those are some real advantages to eating out. But I do enjoy cooking. The key for me is not being too tired and worn out to do it. That's when it becomes a chore. We tend to vary our meals--one night we eat out and the next night we eat in. Thanks for sharing, ella1bella.
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
28 Jul 08
We show them some tourist stuff in the near vacinity. Eat out at least once during the stay. Otherwise, yes, we cook. We have videos to watch and/or games to play. In the summer we definitely BBQ at least once. Things like that.
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• United States
28 Jul 08
Hi jonesy123. A BBQ sounds fun. I live in FL and it's practically too hot to cook out. We don't even own a grill down here, if you can believe that! I know that sounds crazy, but trying to stand over a hot grill out there is just too much heat! But we do eat breakfast or lunch or dinner or snacks at least once a day out on the lanai, which is nice. We call it, eating "al fresco". Anyhoo, I like your idea about playing games. We used to do alot more of that with guests and need to break out the cards and board games next time. Thanks for that idea. Also, thank you for sharing.
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
29 Jul 08
You can avoid all these spending ideas and can stick to simple indoor games. Since you are two couples, you can try out some indoor games like LIFE, Scrabble, Monopoly, Pictionary. Apart from this you can try out cards which seems to be a good entertainer. You can also play truth and dare with them. These are cheaper options. You can also try out pool, table tennis or other outdoor games also.
• United States
30 Jul 08
Hi dropofrain. I do think board games are a good idea. We do have Monopoly and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire and Scrabble. Also, we have the card game, UNO, which we haven't played in a very long time. And we do love to play other kinds of cards also. Thank you for your ideas and for sharing.
@alena824 (376)
• Philippines
29 Jul 08
It actually depends who the guests are. If they are from overseas -- whether friends or relatives -- the activities we are likely to do will include touring around the city or nearby provinces. With those coming from the province, they are usually here to take care of some business or have their own schedule to attend to and just need a place to stay without having to spend for hotel accommodations. It's always nice to bond or reconnect and a good part of the time is spent just chatting and reminiscing or getting to know each other.
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• United States
30 Jul 08
Hi alena824. It sounds like you have a good plan for what to do with guests, depending on which guests are visiting. Sometimes the best thing is to sit down, have a cold beverage, and just chat. You have given some very good suggestions about different activities to do with guests. Thanks for your response. Take care.
@subha12 (18452)
• India
29 Jul 08
we try our best to make them feel at home. we take care they do not feel bad. we spend even beyond our means to provide them with best of things. we take them for shopping, we take them to dine out. we also cook many good things.
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• United States
29 Jul 08
Hello subha12. It sounds like you do quite a bit for your guests. Guests do enjoy shopping, don't they? Plus, eating out is always festive and fun. The guests we just had really love to cook with us so we cooked a couple of meals together in the kitchen. Thank you, subha12, for sharing how you entertain your guests. Take Care.
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
29 Jul 08
Usually we just cook for them a very nice meal. We do watch the tv sometimes or take them to nice places around us. Sometimes I do magic tricks to them but the not so good thing about that is they keep on asking you how they do it for the entrie duration of their stay. So usually I just do it just before they say goodbye to us.
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• United States
29 Jul 08
Hello magojordan. It sounds like you are quite the magician! That is very cool. Yes, I'm sure it's difficult when people want you to reveal how you did the magic trick. After all, you've got to keep some secrets! There's nothing like a good meal to make people feel welcome and relaxed. Plus, exploring a new town on vacation is always fun, too. Thanks for our response and do take care.
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• South Korea
29 Jul 08
First and foremost that we do is to let them eat, I cook 2-3 varieties of food.. My husband usually prepares for the dessert.. After chow time, we endulge in unending talk with what's up with our families.. Taking pictures is always part of entertaining for memory reminiscing..
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• United States
29 Jul 08
Hello chubskulit. Welcome to myLot! Wow, your first post! I feel special! Thank you for sharing how you entertain guests. Sounds like there's alot of cooking going on at your house when guests arrive. Also, there's nothing like great conversation to really connect with others. Taking snapshots is a great way to preserve some of the memories about your time together. I appreciate your post, chubskulit. Hope you have some fun at myLot. Take care.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
28 Jul 08
For us it depends on who it is, if its my husband's buddies, they are usually here on a fishing trip, so they are out all day fishing at the river, I'm home doing my own thing until they get back in the evening, then I have to feed them all. They will do that the whole time they're here, not much sightseeing. They're about the only one's who come visit.
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• United States
28 Jul 08
Hi walijo2008. When your company comes, it sounds like you have a little bit of time every day to rest and recuperate. Plus, you have all day to figure out what you want to cook and start preparing in advance if you need to. That sounds like a great arrangement. Thanks for sharing.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Well pearl, I think you about covered all the bases there. I can't think of anything that you left out. Your guests were well taken care of. I'm surprised you got them to leave You and your husband sound like the perfect hosts. I hope they at least took you out for a meal. You entertained them above and beyond. I really can''t think of anything you left out. Sounds like you make them feel extremely welcome.
• United States
28 Jul 08
Thanks for your lovely comments, Opal26. Our guests seem to return so I guess you are right. I do like the idea of playing games, which we used to do once in a great while. We do try to entertain when necessary, and stay out of their hair when they want to be on their own. I do appreciate your comments.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Usually when I entertain overnight guests they are here to visit relatives or come for a specific reason. Like a scrapbooking weekend....or stamping....then we mix it up with breaks to go out for dinner or shopping. Other then what you have listed there's little left to do! LOL....sounds like you entertained them completely!
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• United States
28 Jul 08
Hi jillhill. Wow, I've never heard of a scrapbooking or stamping weekend. I bet you have great times doing that. They sound like marathon slumber parties. Thanks for the compliment. It's always nice to hear what others do and gleen (sp?) some new ideas. Take care jill.