As the holiday season approaches you may be tasked with hosting holiday guests. In the past, it may have been a daunting and intimidating task to fit your friends and family comfortably in your home, until now. With these simple and inexpensive tricks, your guests will feel right at home and you can focus on making memories rather than making beds.
Decorate for the Holiday
Help your holiday guests get into the holiday spirit with decorations around the house. Get creative with incorporating holiday themed objects you use everyday. This can be decorated hand towels, dinnerware, a picture on the wall, or candle holders.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on decorations either! There are tons of stores that offer inexpensive, but quality, decorations. Get lost in stores such as AC Moore, Michaels, and the Christmas Tree Shop for all of your decorating needs.
Have a Hub
Before your holiday guests come, make a designated hub in your home where everyone can sit comfortably and spend time with each other. This may be your living room or kitchen. Make sure to have enough seating for everyone to sit comfortably. This will automatically draw your guests into the room. They won’t even notice that this was your intended hub.
Having a room for your guests to gather freely will open the rest of your house for running around preparing meals and any other tasks that must be done.
Declutter Your Home
To make your home feel more spacious and clean, put away the unnecessary knick-knacks and piles of paper. When you declutter your home, even if it means putting things in the basement until your guests leave, will give off the impression that you are organized and clean.
With so many guests roaming around your house with their own belongings, when you declutter your home, you make space for your guests and their luggage without feeling cramped.
Provide Pillows & Blankets
One of the worst feelings is visiting someone and finding out that they keep their home extremely cold throughout the night. Make sure your guests feel comfortable with extra pillows and blankets available to them. Fold the blankets nicely on the bed or a chair in each room where your guests will be sleeping. They may not use them, but it’s always good to be prepared just in case.
Prepare a Beverage Station
Give your home a hotel feel with a prepared beverage station for your holiday guests. This can be in the form of a coffee bar or stocked with wine and spirits, or both if you’re feeling like the ultimate host. Find a convenient surface either in your kitchen or the designated hub and set up a coffee maker, mugs, filters, cream and sugar. Your guests will feel right at home and comfortable rather than having to ask for a cup of coffee and searching through your cabinets for cups.
Grab Some Nightlights
You never know if that midnight bathroom visit will pay a visit while in someone else’s home. If your guests so happen get up in the middle of the night, make sure to illuminate your rooms and hallways with nightlights. The worst thing is stubbing your toe or walking into a wall when you’re half asleep.
Restock the Bathroom
Before your guests arrive, make sure to restock your bathroom. This means toilet paper, hand towels, tissues, hand soap, and air freshener. Add some holiday decoration and maybe even a candle or a diffuser to give your bathroom a welcoming feel. You don’t want your guests to be stuck in an unfortunate situation if you forget to restock!
Enjoy Your Company
The most important way to prepare for the holidays is to make time for your guests. Don’t stress about your home being perfect or the food burning. Enjoy your company and make unforgettable memories with the people love while celebrating the holidays.
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