As the holiday season creeps ever closer, everyone is seemingly abuzz with thoughts about Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and even New Year’s. If you’re planning on having any friends or family over this year, you’ll need to do a little preparing first. After all, if you’ve ever been a guest (or are used to hosting others), you know how important it is to feel welcomed! Here are 10 handy tips to help your visitors feel at home this holiday season:
Create an Inviting Entry
First impressions matter, even if your guests have visited or stayed with you before. Take a look at the front porch and make sure that it’s swept and tidy. As for the entryway, focus on creating a welcoming transitional space between the outdoors and your home. Pick up your personal items and shoes, and provide a small space for company to take off their shoes, if you can!
Clear Out the Coat Closet
As we all know, it’s cold out there, and your family and friends will be wearing coats, gloves, and scarves. Make sure you have a space ready to store their winter gear, whether it’s a coat closet, a set of hangers, or a coat rack. Don’t forget the hangers!
Give Them Space
By this, we mean space for their suitcase or bags! Whether it’s a fold-out rack, a table, or a bench, provide your visitors with a spot they may place their items for easy unpacking. Speaking of which, some people feel a lot more at home when they don’t live out of a suitcase. Provide a shelf or drawer of their own so they may temporarily store their things and feel more at ease!
Provide Them with the Essentials
You know how it is whenever you take a trip – you pack everything you think you need only to arrive at your destination without your toothbrush. Save your guests some grief by keeping some essentials on-hand! Prepare a small welcome basket filled with toiletries they may use, just in case they leave something behind. Make it a bit more personalized by adding their favorite snack in the mix. Oh, and don’t forget the ultimate way of feeling at home: sharing access to the Wi-Fi!
Ready the Guest Bathroom
If your company will be staying the night, make sure the designated bathroom is ready to go! Give it a thorough scrub-down and put away all of your personal items. Keep towels, washcloths, toilet paper, and all of the essentials in a visible, easily accessible location as well. Remember to make it smell inviting by lighting one of your favorite candles!
Think Bed & Breakfast
Emulate the cozy feeling you get when you stay at your favorite bed & breakfast to help your company feel at home. Make the bed with fresh clean sheets and a beautiful comforter or quilt. Throw on a few extra pillows and blankets to amp up the comfort factor. Some guests enjoy winding down with a good book before bedtime, so set out a few of your favorites and a handful of current magazines on the nightstand as well!
Blankets, Blankets, Blankets
Speaking of comfort, you’ll want to break out a few of your nicest blankets to keep your friends and family cozy and warm. We suggest bringing out both lightweight and heavyweight blankets so they can layer the bedding how they like it!
Provide Options for White Noise
There are two types of sleepers in this world – those who enjoy sleeping in the silence and those who don’t. For guests who would otherwise lose precious sleep lying awake in the stark stillness, a sound machine can work wonders. Provide an air machine, a desktop fan, or even a smart speaker so they get a good night’s rest!
Make the Outlets Accessible
In this day and age we all have an array of devices to keep charged and at the ready. Help your guests feel at home by keeping the outlets open and accessible. Keeping a few power strips or extension cords can help in case multiple devices need to be charged as well!
Add a Touch of Holiday Décor
Of course, don’t be afraid to get a little festive to celebrate the season! Hang a tasteful wreath or set of bells, add a bouquet of beautiful, fresh flowers, or break out a few seasonal throw pillows to set the mood.
How will you be preparing for your guests this year? Did we miss any tips? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!