Petrov’s Holiday Hosting Tips: Stocking your home for the Holidays
The holiday season is about more than just rushing to stores to stock up on presents. It should be about spending time with friends and family members to catch up on a year’s worth of news and stories. That is what makes this time of year so special, especially when it’s you playing host to loved ones.
Before friends and family arrive, holiday hosts must take steps to prepare their homes for their guests. The following home prep plan can make relatively easy work of tidying up the house and ensuring it is inviting to guests. While hosting can motivate homeowners to finish certain home improvement projects that enhance the appearance of their home, not having a plan can actually create more unfinished projects on your “TO-DO” checklist. Have a plan!
Home Plan Prep:
1. Start with the entrance:
- Tidy up your home’s entryway to make it more welcoming.
- Be sure the front door and walkways are well lit.
- Remove obstructions and trim back bushes & other plant life.
- Festive decorations can brighten up the space.
- A Welcome mat can also truly make your guest feel comfortable upon arrival as well as thankful when leaving.
2. Quick Cleaning: Although a thorough cleaning is great, it may not be necessary!
- Go from room to room identifying spaces that are in need of thorough cleanings. The main socializing areas being of the most importance!
- Clear clutter from Kitchen counters and clean the floors
- Make sure the Dining Room is clean and the table presentable. A table runner and a centerpiece can brighten up the space instantly.
- Floors or carpets can be given a quick vacuum or sweep to ensure guests aren’t stepping on debris.
- Always be sure the bathrooms are clean and fresh, with laundered towels at the ready.
- Bedrooms that are in disarray can also be left the way they are simply by shutting the doors to them. Simply keep doors closed and most guests will know that they’re off limits.
3. Create a Guest Sanctuary: For those who will be staying overnight or longer
- Clean up a guest room for your guest to have a designated area they can use as a retreat. If you do not have a guest room, consider having one of the children bunk in another child’s room. Now you have a Guest room!
-Personal touches like fresh linens, an alarm clock, a TV and internet access are nice touches as well.
- If there are no extra bedrooms, consider a den or office with a pullout sofa bed. Just make sure your guests have access to a nearby bathroom.
- Entertaining children should be just as welcoming but not as difficult; an extra mattress tucked under the bed in your child’s room can be a great impromptu place for kids to rest.
4. Stock up on Supplies:
- Purchase travel size toiletries at the drug store so your guests’ needs are covered in case they forgot something, especially if it’s something embarrassing that they may not know how to ask for (eg. Feminine Hygiene products). Store in a zip locked bag and let guests know where these are kept.
-Purchase a guest set of towels, sheets and pillowcases. Keep these in an air-tight storage bag or bin. That way when they arrive, they will have their own set of linens. Launder these linens after use.
5. Stock up on Food: Check in advance of any specialty concerns prior to arrival
-Use your time before arrival to prepare some meals and freeze them in advance. This way if someone drops by unexpectedly, you can simply defrost a meal and have it ready in no time.
-Keep a tin of cookies and tea bags ready for those who pop in for a snack and conversation.
While this may seem like a lot of work once the holidays are in full swing, a warm and inviting home can truly be one of the best gifts during the holiday season. For those of us lucky enough to be guests of such amazing hosts – always make sure that you take the time to say thank you! The simple gesture of a hand written note, email or letter takes only a moment to write to truly show the people who care for us that their hospitality is appreciated and has not gone unnoticed.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season from my family to yours!