Christmas is only 19 days away! Sorry if that gave anybody a mini panic attack but it’s a fact! The past year has flown by, hasn’t it? Once Thanksgiving hits, the rest of the season’s holidays rush in right behind it. Spending time with family and friends, celebrating and catching up is always wonderful. If you have moved, recently, this year might be especially meaningful because your friends and family may be coming to visit and see your new home. Of course, you want to show it off in the best light.
But, as we know, hosting friends and family can be stressful and truthfully, messy. You spend a ton of time preparing for guests but the reality is that more often than not, your home is in a state of disarray before you say goodnight on night one. Since I know that holiday hosting will be in full swing next week, if it hasn’t already started, I thought it would be helpful to share some hosting tips to help you keep your home in order and your mind at ease.
I love playing hostess. But I hate when my routine gets interrupted. It’s a bit of a paradox, but I can’t help it. Below are three ways to help guide those of you who are like me through the upcoming holiday hosting season.
1. Think Ahead: Imagine that you were the guest. What things would you need to make your stay comfortable? Have the guest room made up and stocked with bath towels, your wifi password, and an extra blanket. I like to put together a little welcome basket too with an extra toothbrush, razor, and toiletries. I know it sounds a bit like running a hotel, but you’d be surprised at the things people forget to pack, especially when they are excited.
2. Meal Prep: I’m not talking about one holiday dinner. Everyone has their own style to prepare for that. If you’re guests are staying more than one night, plan a few meals ahead of time and do as much preparation as you can before cooking/baking. For example, a breakfast casserole can be made the night before, covered, and kept in the refrigerator until it’s time to bake. I also like to make muffins and cookies to keep available for guests to snack on. I know I’m not alone in the fact that I really don’t like others messing around in my kitchen. I shop with meals in mind so it messes up my routine when guests use ingredients that I had plans for!
3. Keep an “Emergency Cleanup Kit:” I actually got this idea from the Apartment Therapy Blog (one of my favorites). According to their post, the kit should include:
• A sponge
• Small broom and dustpan
• Counter cleaner
• Soda water
• Stain Stick
• Masking tap
Each item has a specific purpose for the most common mishaps while hosting: broken glass, spilled wine, etc.
Playing hostess can be fun, especially around the holidays when everyone seems to be in a great mood. But we are kidding ourselves if we say that it doesn’t induce at least some stress. You can minimize the stressful parts by planning ahead. Put yourself in the guests’ shoes and have things ready beforehand. Keep a cleanup kit ready to go so accidents can be managed right away and hassle free.
Do you enjoy hosting guests over the holidays? Share any tips you have in the comments below.