The Holidays are right around the corner, and although this is an exciting time of year, it is also a busy one. Especially if you are hosting a dinner, lunch, brunch, or having guests for the weekend or week.
Not only do you have to prep meals, wrap gifts, and still maintain regular life, but now you have to make sure your home looks showroom ready for your guests and make them feel cozy and
No need to panic, you've got this under control, this article has plenty of tips and tricks that will make you a pro-host this holiday season.
We even included simple checklists to make each task easy to remember and accomplish.
First, let's start with preparing for holiday brunch, lunch or dinner events! These are events that only last a few hours so you need to prioritize. What room will your guests be spending the most time in?
Kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathrooms. These are the rooms to focus on.
Start by decluttering these rooms. If you don't have time to sort through all the clutter before the party, get a box out and fill it with the clutter. This way, you can hide it for now and then go through it when you have time.
Kitchen - Keeping the Clutter Clear and The Smells Heartwarming
Also, put away all unneeded items so your countertops are clear.
Toasters, blenders, and fruit bowls are great to keep out when it comes to your normal daily routine, but not all of your guests need to see these items out on display.
Cleaning out the fridge, oven, and microwave is always a good idea too. You don't want your guests to be disgusted by the state of your appliances right before you serve them a meal.
Also, consider rearranging a few things. Where is your coffee pot located? Is it in the way of where you're going to be cooking?
Try setting up a coffee station that will not be in the way of the cook and is located near the desserts.
Living Room - Gathering and Enjoying Each Others Company
Add extra seating in the living room if you plan to gather there before and after dinner. Chairs, benches or even extra cushions near the fireplace can provide a little extra seating so your guests can sit comfortably.
Entryway - Creating the Right First Impression
Clear out your entryway so the hooks and coat closet are available for your guests to stash their coats and shoes. A chair or bench near the entryway is always a nice touch that allows people to comfortably take off their boats.
Bathroom - Keep It Clean and Smelling Fresh
Make things sparkle! Deep cleaning before guests arrive during the holiday season is a challenging task, so your number one room to keep sparkling is the bathroom.
If you have a half bath that guests use, you will want to keep that one in perfect condition. However, it is important not to forget to keep another bathroom readily available too.
You do not want to have a line for the restroom during your holiday party.
Dining Room - The Meal Experience Made Right
Now that everywhere is clear, clean and ready to go, add the holiday touches in your dining room!
Each holiday has its own color scheme, use that unique holiday's color scheme to outfit your table settings, rugs, napkins, and more.
These tips will make you guest ready this holiday season! Preparing your home for Holiday Dinners will never be easier if you just follow the checklists above.
Overnight Guests - Preparing For the Long Haul
Now for overnight guests, there is a little more work that needs to be done.
Guest rooms, extra sleeping space, and possibly more bathroom work.
When it comes to overnight guests, you will want to have extra items at their disposal because traveling can be stressful and most people want to pack light.
Bathroom extras for overnight guests:
All of the items on the bathroom extras list will help your guest feel as comfortable as possible.
You never know when someone will forget a toothbrush or toothpaste, having shampoo, conditioner, and body wash will help them lighten their load when it comes to packing, and bath towels are a must but having different colors can help guests keep track of which towels are theirs.
Two towels, wash clothes for each day, and a hand towel per guest should be plenty.
Leaving out hair dryer is always a good idea to make your guests feel comfortable getting ready too.
Add over the door hooks for all of the extra towels. Also, have paper towels so you're not going crazy trying to keep up with all of the
Extra toilet paper is a must so have a stock in the linen closet but also keep extra in the bathroom so no one is left embarrassed, yelling for more TP from the bathroom.
If you have a little extra in your budget, it is always nice to have cozy robes for your guests to wear from the bathroom to their room, or even in the morning and evening while lounging around so they are warm and comfortable.
As for the guest rooms, it is always nice to add holiday-themed lines and comforters, such as flannel sheets and a checkered comforter for winter months to make the room cozy.
If you don't have the fun festive sheets, no problem, just make sure you have clean sheets on the bed.
Other nice touches include:
- extra pillows
- night lights
- tissues on the nightstand
- reading material - maybe even a classic family favorite
- extra blankets
- a fan to help your guests set the temperature to their liking.
In fact, you might want to add night lights to the hallways, bathroom, and kitchen so guests can navigate through your home at night. This way, whether they are walking to the restroom or to get a glass of water, you don't have to worry about anyone tripping or falling.
It is a nice touch to also clear out the guest room closet so anyone can hang their clothes and stash their luggage. It is never fun to be tripping over your bags and
Clear off the top of the guest room dressers and leave an open drawer or two for your guest to use.
Last Minute Touches That Make A Big Difference
Lastly, remember to make a note of your wifi password so all of your guests can have it at their disposal.
Prepare meals ahead of time so you can pull the breakfast casserole out early in the morning and still get the sleep you need. Set out a basket of snacks so guests can grab a granola bar between meals if they are feeling hungry.
Having a list of activities your guests could do while they are in town can be beneficial. If they have plans to visit friends or relatives while they are staying with you, make sure you give them the code to get into your house or the spare key.
Always remember that while your guests are at your house you need to be attentive, so put down your phone and spend time together!
Getting ready for holiday guests may have seemed overwhelming before these tips and tricks but now you have the necessary tools to be a pro-host this holiday season.
Enjoy the holidays with your friends and family!