The holidays are a time for families to gather, share laughs and spend quality time together. As a host, it’s your job to create a positive and welcoming environment for all of your guests, which can be a bit stressful. To create a serene, stress-free environment for you and your guests, here are a few hosting tips to help you welcome your family this holiday season.
Be prepared and ask questions
If your houseguests have younger children or pets they are bringing along, make sure you and your home are prepared. Baby-proofing outlets and drawers and putting away breakable items will give you and your guests some peace of mind.
Take into consideration any special accommodations your guests might need. If one of the young ones has a food allergy, consult with their parents beforehand about things to look for when it comes to ingredient labels. If elderly grandparents will be attending for the holiday season, make sure everything they will need is accessible on the first floor of your home.
Create some space
There’s nothing more uncomfortable than feeling like an unwanted guest in someone else’s home. In order to make your guests feel welcome, create a space specifically for them. Whether that’s clearing out a section of your entryway for their coats and shoes or making up the guest bedroom, they’ll appreciate having a space of their own without feeling like they’re encroaching on yours.
Clean, clean, clean
Of course, one of the most obvious ways to prepare for houseguests is to clean. But this doesn’t just mean clean out the guest room. Be sure all of your bathrooms and common areas are in tip-top shape. This includes organizing and tidying up around the house, but also consider giving your home a deep clean. If your guests are allergic to dust or pollen, they may struggle in a home that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned in a while. Pull out the duster, vacuum, mop and any other cleaning supplies you have and go to town.
Make it personal
There’s nothing more welcoming than a personalized touch. This doesn’t have to be anything drastic, or have to take up a lot of your time. Write a small note and leave it on your guest’s dresser, create name cards for your guests at the dining room table or pick up one of their favorite things, like a new nail polish or their favorite razor, as a small gift. They’ll appreciate your efforts and the thought that went into finding something just for them.
Families gather every year to celebrate the holidays and, as the host, a lot of pressure is put on you. Instead of pulling your hair out in sheer anticipation, consider these hosting tips to get you through the holiday season.