Holiday Survival Guide: 7 Ways to Prepare for Guests

Holiday Survival Guide: 7 Ways to Prepare for Guests

Hosting Thanksgiving or another holiday celebration this year? Getting your home ready for all of your friends and family may seem like a stressful task, but with just a few simple steps, you can get your house ready and welcoming in no time.

Here are seven things you should do if you’re preparing for houseguests this holiday season.

A Quick Clean is All it Takes

It’s always a good idea to clean up around the house before guests arrive. No, you don’t have to go through every nook and cranny of your home with a duster. Simply take the vacuum on quick trip through all the spaces that you and your guests will be spending time in throughout their stay. A quick cleaning of the most noticeable surfaces (coffee tables, countertops, end tables, nightstands) goes a long way, too.

Clear the Way for Coats

Whether your guests are staying multiple nights or just for a few hours, you can make a great first impression by preparing the entryway to your home for the coats your guests are sure to be wearing. Make it evident where guests can leave their coats, whether you have some hooks to hang them on or a handful of hangers in a closet to use.

Prepare a Welcome Basket for Overnight Guests

In the rush of the holiday season, it probably won’t come as a surprise if someone forgets their toothbrush or shampoo. Leaving a small basket filled with toiletries in the guest room is a great way to welcome your guests and ensure they have everything they need to be comfortable for the duration of their stay.

Extra Blankets? Yes, Please.

It goes without saying that you’ll want to give your guests some fresh sheets for their bed. But it’s also a good idea to leave out an extra blanket or two in the guest room should someone need them in the night.

‘Tis the Season for Snacking

Whether you like to snack or not, chances are, there’s going to be someone on your guest list who loves to nibble. Think about what kind of foods are easy to serve, clean up or keep out throughout the day and stock up your pantry with the snacks you know your guests will love. And be sure to ask about any potential food allergies if you’re not sure.

You Can Always Count on Candles

Set a warm, relaxed mood throughout your entire home by strategically placing candles. Not only will your home smell wonderful, but it’ll provide the perfect ambience for the holidays, too.

Most of All, Enjoy It

It may seem like a lot to remember and get ready during a busy time of the year, but once your guests are settled in, be sure to take some time to enjoy the company of your closest family and friends. Happy holidays!

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How to visit and enter these homes without an appointment:

  1. Look for the COME ON IN! sign on a participating home.
  2. Download and use the NterNow app on your smartphone to get a one-time access code — or simply call the phone number on the sign.
  3. Enter the access code on the lock and that’s it! Just walk in and enjoy your tour.
  4. When you’re ready to leave, simply close the door behind you.