The holidays are almost in full swing. Admittedly, they snuck up on me! This is the time of the year when everybody is flying from their homes to come together for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Therefore, it’s essential that our homes are ready for entertaining day in and day out. I know my own family has numerous board game nights and holiday movie marathons during this time—and let’s be real, these festivities can last for hours! Below, I guide you through how to prepare your home for holiday guests.
Plan Your Guests’ Sleeping Space
So, you just found out your Grandma Eleanor, Grandpa Casimir, Aunt Phyllis, Uncle Bart, and two siblings are all staying with you through the holidays—but where will they sleep? I mean, you could decide on the fly, but it’s probably better to decide well before they arrive!
If you have empty bedrooms, make sure they’re clean and ready for your family and friends. That means sheets are on the bed, towels are waiting on a nearby dresser, and electronics such as table lamps and TVs are in proper working condition.
Don’t have enough spare rooms? Your living room or basement can act as the perfect sleeping space for your guests.
All you need is a pull-out sofa bed in your living room—then you’re all set. As for your basement, the South still sees snow on occasion, and the last thing you want to do is house your relatives in a leaky part of your home! Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep this area dry throughout their stay.
Make Your Entire House “Homey”
Festive décor will effortlessly welcome your holiday guests into your home. In addition to hanging gorgeous garlands and enchanting mistletoe, there are a few other ways in which you can create an inviting atmosphere.
First, set up a designated place for family and friends to hang their coats and stow away their winter accessories. A storage bench is ideal for gloves, hats, and scarves—and don’t forget to lay out a welcome mat for wet boots and shoes.
Another thing that will make your residence feel oh-so-cozy is a warm fragrance. Everyone will feel comfortable the moment they smell scents such as cinnamon, cloves, fir, and vanilla. Trust us, once your relatives take a whiff, they’ll just sink into your couch and think your home is a winter paradise.
And, of course, some of us are guilty of sneaking a cup of cocoa before bed on chilly nights. You may be thinking to yourself, “Who does that?” But really, you’d be surprised who’ll slink down the staircase for a nightcap! To accommodate these folks, pull out a few coasters and mugs and keep them in a convenient spot on the kitchen counter. Remember to plug in night lights for these night owls, too.
Stock a Basket or Cart
Hosting is a chance for you to make your guests’ lives easier and make them feel special. Therefore, we suggest stocking a basket or cart with all the essentials. Set aside some mini toiletries (think shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and similar bathroom supplies) as well as a couple magazines and an assortment of snacks.
For the final touch, consider decorating the basket or cart with seasonal flowers or plants—holly, poinsettias, and rosemary are excellent additions. Your guests will feel so appreciated, and it’s all because of your attention to detail! You’re gonna be thanking us later.