Do you remember the excitement that surrounded the holiday season when you were young? The days leading up to Christmas seemed to creep by slowly as you anxiously awaited Santa’s arrival. For many of us, one of the best parts of the holidays was having all of your loved ones in the same place.
While this is still an exciting part of the holidays, it also requires a bit more preparation than it did as a child! Although this can seem like a daunting task, it is also an opportunity to express your love and care for the people staying in your home. These are a few ways you can make your guests feel right at home with an extra touch of hospitality!
Know Your Guests
Who will all be attending your holiday gathering this year? Will your nephew bring his friend from college? Will your mother-in-law be spending the night? Of course, you’ll need to ask yourself these logistical questions. However, knowing your guests is about far more than just knowing who will be attending and for how long. Really knowing your guests means asking some probing questions like: Does anyone have food allergies? Are there preferred sleeping arrangements?
Simple questions like these are the difference between being a good host and a great host!
First things first: How many people will be spending the night? When considering who to put where, age group is probably the most important. If your family consists of several kids, they would love having a big sleep over on air mattresses in the living room, however, that may not be the case with several adults!
Once you know everyone’s sleeping arrangements, you can better prepare each room for your loved ones. Here are a few ways to add an extra touch of hospitality to your guest’s room…
- Leave a bottle of water by each side of the bed
- Plug in a phone charger near the nightstand
- Prepare a small basket of snacks to leave at the end of the bed
- Provide a few extra blankets
When preparing your guest bathroom, make sure there are plenty of clean towels to accommodate each of your guests. Though most guests will likely bring their own toiletries, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have some on hand! Set out shampoo, conditioner, body soap, face wash, lotion, and other toiletries you think would be necessary. It also wouldn’t hurt to have cotton swabs, makeup remover wipes, or anything else that would be specific to your guest’s needs.
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