10 From GEM:
Getting Ready for Holiday Guests
The opportunity to have guests in your home is a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays and create unique and special memories. It’s not easy hosting events and guests, but the whole deal with the trepidation of doing such a thing has to do with the element of how to plan, how to organize and how to best deal with holiday guests. With a little careful planning, a little careful organization and preparation, you can host guests with ease and have fun in the meantime.
It’s really all about thinking about what would make you comfortable and welcome if you were the guest in someone else’s home. What is it you like, for example, about hotel rooms? What do you look forward to when going to a hotel? Try to replicate those same elements in your guest bedroom or sleeping area. Above all, keep the area clean and simple. This ambiance make people feel comfortable, rather than trying to deal with clutter and unfamiliar objects.
Finally, try to personalize the guest bedroom. Ask your guests if they have any allergies or preferences with food or bedding. Someone might for example, be allergic to down pillows or synthetic fibers. Creating a comfortable and welcoming area for guests will make them feel as if you really care about them, and they’ll feel more welcome.
Ten easy and simple ideas for holiday guests from 10 From GEM, to get you started and let you enjoy your holiday memory making with your guests.
2. Put Together a Guest Bedroom
If you have an extra bedroom, or can create a comfortable sleeping area which is relatively private, that can go a long way with making your guests feel at home. You can personalize this area for your guests by asking if they have any allergies or bedding preferences. Clean the area and nearby bathroom well and decorate sparingly, just like they do in hotel rooms. This helps guests relax, rather than be surrounded by clutter. Have two pillows, one soft and one firm, and offer two or three different types of blankets and a throw (for those afternoon naps). Set up a sitting area for your guests to be able to relax and unwind by themselves if they so wish. Have face, hand and bath towels ready, a bathrobe and slippers. It's a good idea to offer differently coloured towels for your guests, so they can easily keep track of their towels. Set up a night light in the bedroom and path to the bathroom, so your guests can easily find their way at night. Stock a basket with water bottles and snacks for those late night hunger pangs. I'm sure your guests will appreciate these thoughtful gestures which will go a long way making them feel welcome in your home.