Hosting Guests During the Holidays

Having guests come to town for the holidays can be exciting, and at the same time, put a lot of pressure on you as the host. While your inner Martha Stewart will frantically try to get everything picture perfect, it doesn’t have to be. The most memorable detail for your guests will be the way you make them feel during their stay. So while you’re working hard to get the house ready to impress them, make sure you put more effort into the things that will make them feel the most welcomed and comfortable. Remember, nine out of ten times, your guests will feel like they are intruding on your space so the best way to make them feel at home is with these thoughtful touches you can add to their stay. 

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Find out what your guests like to snack on. Make sure to add their favorites to your grocery list and keep a good stock of them in your pantry or cabinet. If they aren’t as forthcoming, as some may be, add some popular items. Snacks such as granola bars, trail mix, chips and dip or salsas, cookies, fruit snacks, chocolates and crackers, are some of the most basic but loved snacks. The same goes for beverages. If you know they are coffee or tea drinkers, have a few varieties on hand if you don’t know which brand or blend they prefer. 

Leave a note

A heartfelt note on their bed or bathroom vanity is always a genuine gesture that’s appreciated by all in this world of texting, emails and direct messages. If you’re not quite sure what to write, explain to them how happy you are to be hosting them along with some tips. Tips such as how to work the remote in the guest room, a list of where things are in your home that you think they will need, and even some nearby places they can walk to for coffee, lunch or to buy toiletries. You can also write down your timeline for activities you have planned for them so they can be aware ahead of time. A small note can go a long way in making a person feel welcomed.

Personalize the guest room

When it comes to decorating your guest room, keep your guests in mind. Make sure to use neutral colors. Bedding in whites, ivories and light greys are most welcoming as they give beds a fresh, clean feel. Small touches such as handmade signs from Our Kindred Home can be hung on the walls as reminders that they are welcomed into your home, along with fresh flowers or fresh baked cookies along with your welcome note on a bedside table. If these are close relatives, having a framed picture of them in the guest room can be a sweet touch, such as parents, siblings or in-laws. 

Other thoughtful things to keep in mind as you are preparing the guest room:

  • Keep an extra phone charger or two that they can use;
  • Keep extra sheets, blankets, pillows and towels in the closet;
  • Keep the closet and dressers free so that they have ample space to store their clothes.

This time of year can always seem stressful as to-do lists get longer, so don’t be afraid to relax with a glass of wine or a cup of tea in the bathtub or in bed as you try to get through it all. Whether you’d like to take a load off privately without your guests or with them — the point is to keep you sane and relaxed with all of the holiday activities. 

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