Recently, we introduced you to Donna, the designer responsible for all of our lovely tassels at Classic Tassels and More. One of the things we love most about Donna is that the gifts of hospitality and entertaining come so naturally to her. As we enter the holiday season for this year, we know many of you are getting ready to host family and guests for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And we also know that the thought of having guests in your home for any length of time may send some of you into a tailspin.
Not to worry…we are channeling Donna’s hospitable nature today! While we believe that the gift of hospitality is truly that, a gift, we also believe that anyone can harness it. To help make the holiday season a little easier for you, we’ve got a few quick tips for getting your home guest-ready for the holidays:
- Survey your guest bedroom or guest sleeping area and make sure it is peaceful and comfortable. Place a few new books or magazines within easy reach of the bed. Fold an extra blanket at the end of the bed just in case your guest gets chilly in the night. Add a few bottles of water to the nightstand.
- Do the same assessment in the guest bathroom. Make sure there are fresh towels on the counter. Place a collection of travel-size toiletries in a bowl for your guests to use. Have an extra hair dryer? Leave it under the sink.
- Make use of lamp lighting throughout your home, especially in the guest bedroom. Turn the overhead light off, but leave the lamp light on for your guest. It’s amazing the difference that a soft warm glow can make in a room.
- Find a baking pan that you won’t need for the holidays and sprinkle a little cinnamon on it. Bake it in the oven at around 200° for 20-30 minutes before your guest arrives. Keep the pan readily accessible to toss in the oven throughout the holidays to add a delicious and nostalgic scent throughout your home.
- Select a few of your favorite freezer-friendly recipes to make now and store until your guests arrive. Coffee and quiche in the morning with family and friends is a lovely idea. It’s even lovelier when the quiche is already made and you just have to pop it in the oven.
Go ahead and take a few minutes this week to make your home guest-ready for the holidays so it is one less thing you will have to focus on as you get closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Next week, we’ll have some of our favorite freezer-friendly recipes to help you with tip number 5.
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