Guest: During the Holidays


Ready the guest rooms

With friends and family coming to town this time of the year, start by dusting off the guest rooms. Try to make your room resemble a wonderful hotel you visited by starting with the bed. Make it luxurious with sheets, quilts and pillows. There’s nothing like cozier than getting into a bed with fresh sheets and a warm blanket. I love deeper colors and patterns for accents this time of the year. It makes it feel more inviting.

Give the bathroom attention

No one likes cleaning the bathrooms, but it does make it worthwhile with a few holiday touches and your guests will be impressed. Replace the hand towels and change the soap dispenser to something that has a scented soap. Place a mirrored tray and add a little holiday decor like an ornament display or a ceramic memento. I like things to be stacked or pieces to be done in threes. It is more interesting than just using one piece.



Pull out the candles

This is the time of the year to make your home more inviting. Candles always help create a welcome and cozy environment and make rooms smell so, so good. I especially love the pine scents at this time of the year as my tree never smells strong enough! Candles are great in every room alone, on top of several books or in a setting with other sized candles paired with a glass bowl of ornaments. Use holiday colors to go along with the theme of your tree and spread the cheer.



Clean as you go

You will thank yourself later if you take a little time to prepare beforehand so you’re not rushing around in a panic. Don’t expect to get the house ready for guests in a few days. Take time to prepare, as the holidays are already stressful enough.

Prep the kitchen (and the bar)

Most of us spend most of our time during the holidays in the kitchen. Everyone always flocks there even when there’s no cooking going on. To be prepared and save any embarrassment, organize your space and pantry before guests join in on the fun. Think about what drinks you will be serving and what guests will request. Be sure to have an area where they can help themselves. Have appropriate glasses and mixers organized.



Good luck with your preparations and have fun with your guests!

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