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.
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.
There are two types of people in this world: those who jump for joy when they hear their parents are coming for a visit and those who jump over to the liquor cabinet for a stiff drink when they hear this news. (You don’t have to tell me which one you are…but just so you know, there’s no liquor cabinet at my house! HA!)
All kidding aside, when mom and dad are coming for a visit, you need to get your home ready for them. Here’s how to prepare your abode for a smooth and stress-free visit.
Get Ready to Clean
If your home is typically always company-ready in terms of its cleanliness, you can definitely skip this step. But for the 99 percent of you who need a little assistance in this department, take heed: while you’ll have to spend some time tidying up your house for your parents’ visit, you don’t have to lose your mind in the process.
Just because the big celebrations have passed, doesn’t mean that there aren’t still guests on the way to your home! Sometimes it’s easier to wait until the new year to do your visiting, so you’re not limited by the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
No matter the reason for company, you’ll want to make sure that your home is ready to accommodate them. And, to make sure your guests feel right at home, there are probably some improvements you’ll want to complete before they arrive.
Roll Out the Red Carpet
Chances are you probably don’t have a red carpet you’re going to throw out to welcome your guests, but the idea is all the same. The main objective is to make your guests feel welcomed from the very moment they pull up to your house. Therefore, you want to take care of any exterior housework to get ready for their arrival. Whether that means clearing out the clutter in the garage for extra parking space, installing security lights so they can get to and from their cars, or repairing any dangers like a broken railing, or damaged staircase which can cause an accident.
Just under a week until Thanksgiving, my FAVORITE holiday! Are you ready?!
I’m hitting the “excited” stretch now. I’ve been looking down the barrel of “I have WAY too much to get done before Thanksgiving” for a few weeks now, but at this point, I think I’m fairly set! And I’m here to share a few helps with you so you can be fairly set, too!