15 Dec Prepping Your Home to Entertain During the Holidays
Decorations, good food, and parties make the holiday season a festive whirlwind to look forward to, but it’s also a season of entertaining guests, extended visits from your in-laws, and trying to keep your home in order. Here are a few tips for getting your home ready for holiday entertaining:
How do I get ready for holiday entertaining?
Keep it Clean:
Holiday entertaining can be one of the best and most stressful parts of the holiday season. When preparing for guests, the number one place to start is decluttering. Get rid of any unnecessary papers or items from counters to create a sense of openness in your space.
Pro tip: In case any surprise guests arrive with too short of a notice to prepare your home, placing clutter in a bag and storing it in a car trunk is a simple, quick fix. (Just don’t forget it’s there!)
Finding extra sleeping space for guests when the guest room is already filled can sometimes be difficult. To create more private areas for guests to sleep, you can purchase folding screens that can be put away in the mornings. Rolling bookcases can also be used as dividers in a pinch.
Keep it convenient:
The goal of holiday entertaining is to make your guests feel as comfortable as possible. Providing easy access to common items that guests might need will make their lives easier (and your’s!) throughout their stay. Stock up on extra bathroom supplies like toilet paper, toiletries, and bath towels. Placing night lights in the hallways, kitchen, and bathrooms will help your guests navigate your home with ease. Making sure every bathroom has a nonstick bath mat and a plunger can help with any embarrassing emergencies.
Keep it Comfy:
Final touches when prepping for holiday entertaining help to show your guests that you care, without causing you too much pre-planning. For instance, leaving a notecard with the house wifi password and any codes they may need for the house can be helpful and thoughtful. Adding seasonal flowers or foliage even in guest rooms can help to keep guest in the spirit of the season even as they take time to rest in their rooms. Including both comfy blankets and a fan allows guests to create the temperature that they are most comfortable with, without needing to adjust the house thermostat.
While holiday entertaining has the potential to be stressful for hosts, it doesn’t have to be. Doing just a few things to prepare beforehand can benefit you during your guest’s stay. By adding thoughtful touches and practical supplies your guests will be comfortable and worry-free during the holidays.