Making the most of your holidays is all about attention and preparation and for many of us, that means a full house!
Creating a comfortable atmosphere for your guests is always a must, so a little prep work before they arrive will ensure that you can spend quality time with your guests, making holiday memories.
Upon welcoming your guests for their holiday stay, give them a tour of your home (and the thoughtful special touches you’ve prepared for their stay). Start with a few basics, including:
- Hotel-like Accommodations: While staying at a hotel isn’t nearly as homey and comfortable as your house is for your guests, one thing they might miss is the complimentary products hotels provide. Let your guests rest easy about anything they may have forgotten to pack, and prepare a basket of toiletries including extra toothbrushes and travel-size toothpastes, mouthwash, deodorants and tissues.
- A Guestroom Oasis: Turn your guest room into a suite for your guests so that they feel they have a place to go aside from the common areas to kick back and relax. Set a few magazines on the bedside, a map or brochure about the area (for first-time guests) or even a journal to encourage them to slow down and savor their time at your home—and jot down a few memories-in-the-making.
- Plan a Pie Party: With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, make it a point to schedule a casual evening with your guests and plan a post-dinner Marie Callender’s pie party where guests can choose their dessert and add delicious toppings such as Reddi-wip. Prepare a few large dessert pies in advance, such as Peppermint Pie and Pumpkin Pie and then offer up several varieties of mini pies, including Coconut Cream or Chocolate Satin, or small pies such as Peach, Apple and Cherry Berry. With a variety of pie flavors and size, your guests are sure to be wowed by your offerings!
What’s your favorite tip for preparing for guests? Comment below!