Preparing to Host Guests This Holiday Season

Preparing to Host Guests This Holiday Season

It's that time of year again! A time for friends and family to come together to celebrate the holidays. Many will be hosting guests in their homes over the next two months and while they are surely excited to spend time with their loved ones, it can be a stressful time as well. If you are opening your doors to family members or friends this holiday season, here are some ideas for prepping your home so that you'll be ready to welcome them with open arms.

Tidy Up the House

Use this as motivation to thoroughly clean your house. Get rid of clutter, make small house repairs and complete that decorating project you've been putting off.

Stock Up on Food and Drinks

Make sure you have different types of beverages and snacks that your guests enjoy. It's nice for them to be able to easily grab a quick snack whenever they want. You may even want to consider providing a small fridge for drinks in the guest room, along with a basket of snacks to make things more convenient for your guests.

Have Activities Planned for Your Guests

Depending on how long they are staying, you may want to plan some special events or activities for your guests. Whether it's a shopping excursion, a day at a museum, a holiday concert or just a nice dinner out, your visitors will appreciate your thoughtfulness in keeping them entertained. Click here for a list of fun events happening in the Huntsville area this holiday season: Holiday Events in Huntsville

Be Mindful of Little Ones

If your guests include children, be sure to plan for them as well. If you don't have children, you may want to pick up a game or some arts and crafts to have around for them. Find out their food preferences prior to their arrival so that you are prepared to accommodate them at meals. Holiday Party Recipes That Will Please Even the Kid Guests

Provide Comfortable Sleeping Areas

Be sure to have nice, clean sheets, pillows and extra blankets. If you have a guest bedroom that has not been used in a while, strip the bed and wash the bed linens so that they are fresh for your guests. Check out this link for how to prepare a comfy guest bedroom.

Provide Toiletries

The guest bathroom should have soap/body wash, shampoo, conditioner and lotion available for guests.

Give Instructions for Electronics

If the guest room has a television, leave written instructions for how to use the remote, streaming device and/or DVD player.

By following these tips and prepping your home ahead of time, you will be able to offer a warm welcome to your guests and enjoy the time you have with them!

Happy Holidays!

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