10 Best // Items To Keep On Hand For Guests

1.09.2014
parties, at least at my place, always go hand in hand with having guests stay the night.  sometimes (like tara, now) they come from out of town and other times (like megan, always) i like to get them to a state where they're incapable of driving home.  my punch is legendary.

of course, it's easy to know the basics - you should have pillows, blankets, extra towels, an easy place to plug in electronics.  but beyond the linen and toiletries basics, i like to have a stocked up fridge and pantry, which my friends know they're free to rifle through at any time.  and they do.  it's important to have things that will last more than one weekend though, in case it doesn't get used.  these things are also perfect to have on hand if someone drops by unexpectedly and you'd like to offer them something.


pre-made dip. and chips of course.  the classic tortilla chips go with anything, and salsa is usually a crowd pleaser.  my other go-to is always trader joe's spinach and artichoke dip.

frozen appetizers. these are perfect for late night, when you're past the hour of getting pizza delivered.  there's a ton of options, though i usually have tgifriday's jalapeno poppers on hand.  once your oven heats, they're ready in just 10 minutes.

crackers. carr's are a classic for a reason.  they go great with other things you might have on hand, like dips, cheese, spreads or olives.

frozen dessert. try the pepperidge farm golden 3-layer cake, which comes in 11 flavors.  you just slice off a frozen piece and it defrosts to delicious soft cake in 20 minutes.

coffee and tea. and an easy way to make it.  my keurig is foolproof, it takes just a minute to make your coffee and most people can figure it out without explanation, which is great if my guest is up before i am.  everything is out on the counter already, including mugs and sugar.  and i always point tara to the stores of tea bags, because she does not need the caffeine coffee has.

bottled water. my tap water is fine, though i also have a brita in the fridge.  but i do keep bottled water on hand.  mostly for my dad who won't drink regular water but also for friends who might want to take one for the road.  i also have sparkling water for the lovers of fizzy drinks because i never buy pop, and because it makes a great mixer.

spiced nuts. the classy way to go for instant snack food and looks so pretty set out in a bowl on the table.  when it's my parents, this is key.  when it's my friends, i know better, and i buy nacho cheese doritos instead.  refined palettes, clearly.

frozen breads. notice i love the freezer trend?  things just last longer in there!  plus i'm not much of a freezer-user otherwise, so i have space to spare.  baguettes freeze nicely to go with your dips and trader joe's has amazing frozen mini croissants, which are perfect for breakfast.

popcorn.  you can microwave it as your guests are coming up, and the house suddenly smells delicious.  it's a struggle not to constantly eat my stored popcorn though.

and if your weekend guests are anything like mine, a healthy stock of pedialyte.  the ultimate hangover cure.

happy hosting!

40 comments:

  1. TGIFridays jalepeno poppers are my favorite.... and I almost always burn my mouth by trying to eat them before they've cooled enough. Yes I am a child :-P

    Great list!

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  2. I'll be there with an empty stomach in a few hours. You keep awesome food for guests!

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  3. Genius. I'm curious to check back and see what people comment with too.

    I've never tried frozen croissants.. good yes?

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  4. Soooo can I stay at your house? This sounds like everything you need!

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  5. Haha, this post is perfect. I have a guy friend who stays over and he's always griping about how I have nothing on hand!

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  6. If I can make a request for my currently-un-planned visit? Nutella and pretzels. Maaaaaybe some frozen cookie dough; you know, in case I feel like relapsing.

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  7. Your place seems like a great place to crash, I'll also be over with an empty stomach :)!

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  8. Pelligrino and kettle corn, yes!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  9. I would throw pizza rolls in there - everybody loves pizza rolls.

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  10. This list is great! I love those butterfly butter crackers for that spinach and artichoke dip! Another thing to add: crescent rolls! You can make fun apps by wrapping anything laying around with them!

    xx
    Lisa @ The Skinny on Health

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    1. Very true, I totally forgot about crescent rolls! The little wrapped appetizers always look like you put a ton of effort in. Good called!

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  11. i would also toss in a frozen pizza, cinnamon rolls and croissants. of course, i have none of these but i really should get on this.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  12. You're so considerate! There's a gene in my husband's family where you only buy what you need so now in my house, plus when we visit them, it is a barren wasteland. I grew up where there were always snacks and a freezer full of food, so we are working on a happy medium. Also, have you tried toe Trader Joe's almond croissants? I am in LOVE...

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  13. I had no idea that frozen cake exsisted and now I am worried that I will eat nothing else forever...

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    1. In 11 different flavors no less. You're going to love it :)

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  14. This post just makes me hungry and now I want to eat alllll this food! haha

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  15. I need to take this list to the grocery store immediately. I am a good host, when I have advanced noticed. If someone just stops by I can pretty much only offer them water or skunked beer!

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  16. Girl, I'm hopping on a plane and headed to your house! I'm always good at having tons of coffee and tea. Chips and salsa are always in the house, as are pilsbury cinnamon rolls. Oh yeah, there is an entire fridge full of craft beer in the basement. Steve restocks it every other week.

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  17. I am going to check for and eat all these things tomorrow night nom nom. Except for the pedialyte, I think I can do without that one : )

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  18. I never ever know what to get when I have guests coming, now I know! This would have been perfect for when my cousin was here last summer.

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  19. I need to pick up some of these due to the freaking ridiculous amount of people coming thought my house lately. Great suggestions!

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  20. I try to always have things like this on hand for unexpected visits, but my boyfriend loves to dive into things. He doesn't get that he doesn't count as a visitor anymore!

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  21. The hostess with the mostest!! Love Trader Joe's but none in Canada. Sad fact!

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  22. Okay so when can I visit?! Looks like a perfectly stacked fridge. Mozzarella sticks would be my choice. :)

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  24. Haha when I had my own place I had people staying over way more than I planned for after nights out..I could have used this list. Although...I did always keep at least 2 bottles of pedialyte in the house

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  25. Kay I'm coming over to your house to party next since you obviously hook it up.

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  26. You are definitely well prepared. I always have the frozen apps ready to go but I'll take the pointer to leave coffee items out for when they are up before you. Great idea!

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  27. Your list is perfect! I am a huge fan of frozen appetizers. You really just cant go wrong. I always try to have a bag of tortilla chips and salsa on hand. My husband and I snack on that on weekends and I don't know a single person that doesn't love it?!

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  28. I want to be a guest at your house. I love food. I've heard Pedialyte is a miracle worker (Melissa drinks it now actually) I don't usually have bad hangovers though.

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  29. These are some great items! I'm looking forward to moving to a space where I can actually have fun designing a guest bedroom.

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  30. Sounds like you've got everything covered! You didn't mention toothbrushes/toothpaste and ibuprofen... but I'm betting you have those at the ready as well. :)

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  31. Stop it. Now I need a frozen cake. Have you had their birthday cake version? Oh my gosh. I went to the store randomly when tony was out of town, I was going to get fruit and instead I got that cake, melting chocolate and champagne. I made "cheat cakeballs" and chugged the bottle;)

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  32. I love a bitch who keeps her pantry stocked. I think I need to come spend the night.

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  33. The freezer is your best tool in making sure you always have food on hand! I usually keep frozen pies. I don't actually like them myself, but most people like pie, so they stay stocked till guests come! :P

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  34. I am with ya on the popcorn; I would eat it all myself! That spinach and artichoke dip looks yum. I need to get that!

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  35. i love haveing guests because i stock my house with all kinds of delicious food i never allow myself to buy on a regular basis

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    1. Thanks!! Glad you liked it, come visit me :)

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  37. YES THE PEDIALYTE!! i am so, so happy you do the same thing.

    heads up - i'm a terrible host. and i'll probably only have deli meat and a package of mini carrots. oh and booze.

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