It’s the most wonderful time of the year. If you’re the one doing the hosting, it can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. And it shouldn’t be. After all, few things are better than being with the people you love.
So, if you’re ready to master your holiday hosting skills then read on. We’ll cover several ways to make hosting simple and painless. So you have more time to focus on what really matters; time with your family.
Likely you will know in advance that everyone is coming to your house. Take advantage and prepare ahead of time. Plan out each meal—which ones will happen at your home and if people are in from out of town, what opportunities are there to showcase the local restaurants that your guests may not have at home. Prepare a couple meals, like a soup or casserole that can easily be reheated and served without cluttering your kitchen while your guests are there. It’s also important to have a well-stocked fridge and pantry. This should keep your guests well-fed without any last minute trips to the grocery store.
Whether you’re hosting a few people or your entire family, maximizing space is also going to be a priority. Big and small houses alike, can start to feel crowded quickly. But that’s ok, because you’re family. Make sure your guest room or rooms are ready. And if you need to, make sure you have an air mattress or two that can easily be put up and down throughout the stay. The more rested everyone is, the less cranky they’ll be. More importantly, have a closet ready for your guess so they have somewhere to hang their clothes. This can go a long way to make them feel at home.
This is important. Stock each bathroom with plenty of toilet paper. Also, have plenty of soap and shampoo for the showers. Hygiene is going to be important during this time. So, it’s also a good idea to have extra items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors and so on. And, while you aren’t a hotel, travelers don’t like packing a bulky hairdryer, so be sure that’s available in your guest room. Someone will forget something. Being ready for that will keep everyone happy.
Now, you probably have this covered already. But if you don’t, you should get your holiday decorations and your music playlist setup before your guests arrive. Not only will it get you in the mood for the season, it’ll make your guests feel merrier upon arrival. Plus, it’s just one less thing you’ll need to worry about while you’re hosting.
Like we said earlier, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. And while hosting can be stressful, this time spent with family will create cherished memories for all. Sit back and enjoy this time! Be present. Have fun and have a truly blessed and happy holiday season.