Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests in 13 Steps
If you ask us, one of the best things about having a place to call your own is being able to invite people over to share it with. Opening our home to others creates a sense of connection and community that we treasure. But getting ready for said guests can take a bit of planning and execution to make sure everyone feels welcome and comfortable, and wants to return time and again. Fret not: it’s easier than you think! Read on to learn how to prepare your home for visitors.
If you’re hosting a holiday gathering, you may have guests sharing bedrooms. To keep evening disturbances to a minimum, include task lighting so that one person’s late-night reading session doesn’t turn into another’s sleepless night.
It’s always a good idea to have extra blankets at the ready for your guests to ensure maximum comfort while they’re away from home. A plush throw in a luxe fabric like faux fur is an easy way to add a touch of glamour that will make your guest feel extra special.
It’s always nice to have fresh flowers in the house. But when you have guests in town, there’s nothing like a bunch of blooms to pretty up their room and brighten their mood.
Being able to spend the holidays with loved ones is what the season is all about. But let’s face it: travel is stressful and tiring. Your visitor may be ready to hit the ground running and explore all that your town has to offer, or he or she may also just want to kick back and relax with a good book. Make it easy for your guests to choose the mellow path by setting up a comfortable spot where they can unwind for a spell. Having extra books and magazines within arm’s reach will make the area even more inviting.
With few exceptions, hotel rooms almost always have a side chair in the room so you don’t always have to sit on your bed. Give your guests that same five-star treatment with a place to relax between activities—space permitting, of course.
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The more comfortable you can make your guests feel in your home the better. And one of the easiest ways to make your visitor feel at home is to give them a spot to put their stuff. Make sure you have an obvious place for them to hang their coat, scarf, and bag so they don’t have to awkwardly stand around holding their things.
By the same token, incorporating storage for your guest’s clothing and luggage will make them feel more at home and less like they’re intruding. Make space in your armoire, dresser, or closet for them to store their things by clearing out a drawer or a few hangers.
If you’re like us, you always leave some key toiletry item at home. We always feel slightly embarrassed about having to ask for these things, but you can head off this conversation by placing a collection of basic toiletry items (cotton balls, q-tips, toothpaste, and an extra toothbrush) in pretty containers. It’s a small but super thoughtful way to show your guests that you’ve been anticipating their arrival and want to make sure they have everything they need.
When preparing your guest room for visitors, don’t skimp on the décor. The guest room should get just as much attention as the rest of the rooms in your home, even if you don’t use it as often. That means including essential décor like artwork. In this case, consider choosing something that makes a statement and reflects your style, but keep it neutral. You don’t want to overpower your guestroom with an intense piece of art that may be off-putting to some. Keep it neutral, but interesting and eye-catching.
Just as extra blankets and toiletries will make your guests feel especially welcome, setting out things like a carafe of water and a catch-all for small items like jewelry will keep your guests from wondering where to get water late at night, and will make it easier for them to keep track of their things.
Playing host means you’ll need to have extra kitchen items on hand. If you have a backup set of dishes, glasses, and cutlery, nobody will be stuck using a salad fork for their main course, or a dessert plate for dinner. You’ll also be able to avoid having to constantly wash dishes for fear of running out, which means more quality time spent with your people. Also consider leaving some of these items out in plain view so your guests can help themselves when you’re not around.
We’re firm believers in the power of plants. They literally give life to any space. In addition to a vase of fresh flowers, keep a plant in your guest room to brighten up the space and make it feel lived-in.
Having guests come visit is as good a reason to celebrate as any. To make you home feel a bit more fun and festive with minimal effort, set up a home bar. And you don’t need to go out and purchase new furniture to do it. You can make space on an existing side table or console table. In fact, the more readily accessible the bar, the better.
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How do you ready your home for guests? Tell us about it in the comments below!