This past week, it feels like there’s a revolving door where our front door used to be. Over the Memorial Day weekend we were very blessed to have my friend Christine, her four beautiful daughters, and her 100-lb lab stay with us for a few days until her rental home was move-in ready. Then a few days spent in a whirlwind of cleaning, dusting, and grocery shopping, and my parents are visiting now for a few days.
I completely love having guests. Our only challenge was that we’re living in a much smaller home then we had this time last year. And a much smaller budget. Here’s how we’ve made the most of it:
Getting creative about sleeping arrangements: Stuffing an extra 5 people in our home made me long for the day when we had two extra guest bedrooms. My husband, God love him, created an extra room for us. We had an old 5-person tent in the garage. He pitched it in the yard, and he and the 3 older girls had a camp-out. Complete with flashlights, marshmallows, and scary stories.
Dinnertime Times Three: Cooking for a crowd was definitely a challenge for me, especially when their style of eating doesn’t include the more adventurous diet we regularly eat. Our saving grace? The grill. Who isn’t down with hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, and a simple mac & cheese? Followed by a healthy dose of juicy watermelon, this signature-summer fare really can feed a crowd for not-too-much bread!
Cheap Entertainment: We don’t really do anything special when we have company. More like explore our town a little. Right now it’s Strawberry Festival time, so that’s on the agenda with my parents today. But, other than that special occasion, I usually let the guests dictate how they want to be entertained. Christine and her kids opted for the free parks to get some of the wigglies out of the kids. My parents usually are very happy to just sit and visit with us rather than be toured around. Giving your guests the option takes the pressure off of you to be the good little hostess, and lets your friends do what they really want to do.
How do you keep costs down when you have house guests?