The countdown to the big day is fully upon us! For those of us who celebrate Christmas, the clock is ticking – there are meals to be planned, table settings to be finalized and of course, plenty of gifts still left to be purchased, wrapped and tucked beneath the tree.
But in all the hustle and bustle, there’s one thing that often goes overlooked: How to prepare for holiday guests! Be they the grandparents or a more formal guest, visitors to your home will likely increase during the holiday season. Preparing for them doesn’t have to be a hassle – just follow our handy list of Top 4 Ways to Prepare for Holiday Guests:
1: Buy extras!
One of our staffers describes how her mother always tucked a few extra, random gifts beneath the tree – maybe a beautiful glass vase, a carved crystal desk clock or a gold-plated pen in a dapper mahogany case. Whenever a cousin showed up unannounced, there was always a gift! When you’re out shopping this weekend, pick up a few of these extras – you’ll likely look like one of the best hosts around!
2: Keep your guest room tidy!
It happens to the best of us – you start with a few pieces of luggage or designer shoes, and before you know it, you’ve filled your “guest room” with all the items that have outgrown your closet. Other times, guest rooms are simply bare and uninviting. Anything from unexpected winter weather to too much egg nog can result in you having unexpected overnight guests. Make sure you’re ready – have decorated guest rooms cleaned and the sheets freshened up, add sachets in the drawers and fresh flowers to dresser tops. If you haven’t gotten around to decorating, there’s no time like the present. Have fun with extra rooms – a resort theme is an excellent idea. Crisp whites and aquas can make guests feel like they’re at a beach-side retreat!
3: Make a guest toiletry basket!
It’s downright embarrassing to have to ponder where the extra soap, toothpaste or other personal items are when you’re a guest in someone’s home. Add to your guests comfort with a toiletry basket. Include small lotions, soaps, hand sanitizer, even exfoliants. Place it in a basket and leave it on the bed in your guest room for overnight guests. For temporary stays – ie. dinner visitors – it still doesn’t hurt to keep a basket of goodies in the powder room. Your guests will appreciate it.
4: Keep your pantry stocked!
Christmas gatherings often run well past the expected time – and food can and does run low. Don’t get caught in this most embarrassing of situations – being a host unable to feed their guests! Even if you’re planning a large, multi-course meal, keep small bites at the ready.
Here’s hoping your holiday celebrations are everything you dreamed of!
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” – Roy L. Smith
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