11.24.2011

Helping House Guests Feel at Home

The kids are here from the east coast and we are having Thanksgiving in Mammoth, California.  While everyone is skiing, I'm enjoying  cooking, putting out the Scrabble board
and setting the table.
It's a pretty day outside.  This is the view from our living room.
Our friends from Florida are staying at our Newport Beach house and spending time with  their son who attends the University of San Diego.  As we will stay at their Florida home in the future, this is our first time "House Swapping." 
To help make them feel at home...
I set a simple table since they are cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

 Stocked the coffee bar.
 Put out water bottles and chocolates at each bed side and
 fresh towels and French milled soaps,
and photos of our families together on display.
There's a little surprise in the refrigerator.
Hope they have figured out the television/music remote since I barely have.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.
I am so grateful!  Thank YOU.

Participating in
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Flaunt It Friday
Feathered Nest Friday

46 comments:

  1. Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving with your family, Mary Ann!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  2. You are an amazing hostess! I'm wowed! Happy Thanksgiving :)

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  3. Your guest will most definitely feel welcomed...what a hostess!
    Hope you and family enjoy your time together! Blessings...

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  4. That is a good welcome!! I´m sure they´ll enjoy your house. Have a great time!

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  5. Wow, I'd like to be a guest at your home myself! Enjoy every minute with your loving family. Happy Thanksgiving. FABBY

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  6. Hi Mary Ann, what a perfect Thanksgiving....great food, champagne, the kids home and Scrabble...all my favorite things!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving - your preparations look wonderful!

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  8. What a wonderful hostess you are! I'm sure they will be thrilled. xo Diana

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  9. Lucky house guests indeed! You've thought of every detail. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Claudia

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  10. How awesome to be able to ski on Thanksgiving Day. I would love that. It is still way too hot here in South Florida. Love how you made your house so special for your friends visit. They must have felt so comfortable. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  11. *** Mary Ann, you really know how to touch one's heart & desires... One question~ do you reeeally think they'll ever WANT to leave??? I dunno, girlfriend... it ALL certainly looks like a "PERFECT 10" here, from where I'M sitting!!!

    So glad you had/are having a FAB day & that y'all have good snow for skiing!!! Sounds heavenly!!!

    Sooooo, does it GET any better than THIS???? Me thineth not!!!

    Warmest holiday hugs,
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  12. Wow Mary Ann - I'd be delighted to be a guest at your house any time!! Hopefully you've set the tone and will be as well received in Florida!

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  13. I think that you've covered all the details. Your guests will feel like royalty. I pray that you've had a blessed Thanksgiving. Cherry Kay

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  14. Mary Ann, I would love to be your house guest! So thoughtful. I am sure they will feel right at home. Have fun skiing.

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  15. I love this Maryann!
    I've been talking to some friends down south about the same thing... House swapping. I think it could be perfect between the right parties.
    Let us know how it turned out :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. Love those vibrant tulips! Man, I wish I were a guest in your home!! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving:)

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  17. Mary Ann-
    You have very fortunate guests! Everything is perfect. Aren't we lucky to
    The flowers are gorgeous, and so is the home and the view!
    Have a nice weekend.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  18. Beautiful Mary Ann.....and I know your guest will feel most welcome in your home!!!

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  19. Oh gosh! Where's the house swap sign up sheet! You are such a dear friend to your friends! God bless you! Loved the photos!

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  20. What a fabulous hostess you are! Everything looks lovely and so welcoming. House swapping is a great idea, especially at the holidays when you don't really want to be in a hotel. I'm sure they are enjoying your home. Bet the skiing is fun and I'm sure you're enjoying your kids. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  21. OH how fun! Love the idea of house swapping...especially with good friends! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving in Mammoth! :)

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  22. Beautiful table settings... and such hospitality!

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  23. Your friends are very lucky to have such a warm welcome. If you ever want a holiday in South Africa I would be happy to do a house swap with you! :) x Sharon

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  24. It's all the little things that people do to make others feel comfortable at their home. I notice it all, every time. And I think visitors do as well, even if it's at a subconscious level. What a wonderful idea about swapping homes! Enjoy your weekend...

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  25. You're such a gracious hostess...what thoughtful ideas! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  26. I'd hop on over for coffee anytime with your little coffee bar that is so well stocked. Very nice accommodations :) Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  27. I trust you had a wonderful Thanksgiving - it sounds idyllic.

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  28. Love the bubbly in the frig. When I got married some 13 years ago, a friend of ours slipped into our house and upon return from our honey moon, we had a stocked frig with bubbly and a cute note! It is amazing how special something like that can make you feel! Hope your weekend is relaxing! M.

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  29. I want to house swap with you! Lol. I love the coffee bar idea. Hope you had a fabulous time.

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  30. I would want to swap homes with you anyday! I love all the little touches you have added, and hope you had a great holiday weekend.

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  31. Lucky guests, looks like you thought of everything. Never been to Mammoth Mountain but my daughter is going there with friends over the Christmas break, the views are beautiful.

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  32. Mary Ann,

    I love all your details and sure to make your friends feel right at home! Especially loved the nice touch of displaying photos of your families together and the stocked coffee bar and water and chocolates...the surprise in the spotless refrigerator...and the table all set for a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner...it really doesn't get any better or more thoughtful than that!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family in Mammouth!

    xo
    annie

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  33. Mary Ann,

    What a thoughtful hostess you are! I love how the table is set and the stocked fridge. I love the idea of house swapping with friends. ( I am not that keen on the idea of swapping with strangers.) Please update with how they enjoyed their
    stay. Hope you had a lovely time in Mammoth.
    Donna

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  34. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. Mammoth is such a beautiful place :) Love your tulips too. They're my favorite flower.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  35. What a fantastic set up for your visitors! You did a beautiful job. :)

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  36. What wonderful ideas ! I will definitely be using some of these the next time I have guest over. Love your blog and I am your newest follower. xo

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  37. You are such a gracious hostess! I do some of these things too. Love the idea of "house swapping!"

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  38. Greetings, Mary Ann,
    Absolutely perfect! I love your table setting, among other things. It doesnt have the traditional fall colors, but looks fresh and festive.
    Thankfully,
    Barbara

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  39. I love all the little details that you thought of. The bedside chocolates are too cute!
    Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

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  40. colin cowie would be very proud of you. you are truly a pro. thanks for sharing.

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  41. Who wouldn't want to be a guest here?Such beautiful touches that anyone would be so appreciative of having bestowed on them!

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  42. Mary Ann, hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your kids home. What a kind and thoughtful hostess you are......wish I was coming to visit you!

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  43. These tips are so lovely and anyone would certainly feel welcome.

    I hope you get a chance to join our Christmas Blog Hop going on this month...past or present posts are fine ;o)

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  44. Okay, when can I come visit?! Such lovely touches -- you are truly a gracious and thoughtful hostess.

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