Hosting, especially over the holiday season, is something of an acquired taste. Some people love it, some people hate it, and some people love to hate it. But no matter how you feel about holiday hosting, the fact remains: things tend to go smoother when you’re well prepared.
Clean Up Outside
Of course, tidying up the inside of your home is important, but not so important that you should neglect your home’s exterior. Consider the fact that the outside of your home is the first thing your guests will see and put that extra effort in to shovel or sweep your driveway, fix up the peeling paint on your door, and even give your siding a quick scrub. (You might even want to display a seasonal wreath in your front entryway, like this Birds & Berries DIY Christmas Wreath, courtesy of Marc from the Marc and Mandy show. )
Clean Your Closets
Lots of guests will also mean a lot of jackets and bulky outerwear so make sure your closets are in a state you’re proud of. Take this tip one step further by clearing up some space in your guest bedroom closets and drawers so that your guests can settle in properly.
Stock Your Pantry
Consider in-between-meal periods of the day when you’re grocery shopping for the holiday season. You might want to pick up food items that are easy to prepare, healthy, and non-perishable so that you can stock up in high volumes well in advance of your festivities. Need some more grocery-related guidance? Check out our article, Must-Haves For Your Pantry Over The Holiday Season.
Consider Creative Touches
Think: hotel-esq touches such as new slippers, a fresh robe, or even a little mint on the pillow. Small personal touches can go a long way in making your guests feel valued and welcomed.