We may earn money or products from the companies or links mentioned in this post.
I love the holidays! My favorite part is when family and friends come and you get to spend time with your loved ones. If you are hosting family or friends, you have a lot to do before they arrive. Cleaning, shopping, decorating. Not to mention all the multiple parties, concerts, school functions, and more to go to. It can be a bit overwhelming. But don’t worry! I am here to share my tips to help you win this hosting the holidays thing.
It’s the little touches in the guest room. When your guests arrive, they are usually tired, and they probably feel like they are putting you out by staying in your home. Little touches done before they arrive can help them feel relaxed and welcome. Like preparing a nightstand for them. Place a nice scented candle on the night stand to help them relax and make the room smell homey. Jasmine, lavender, or even vanilla are all good scents. Also be sure to include some Kleenex in case a change in climate or region affects their allergies. These festive Holiday perfect fit canisters are perfect! They add some holiday cheer, but they don’t take up too much room. Be sure to leave enough room for your guests to charge their devices. TIP: Don’t have a nightstand, use a small bookcase, or even a TV tray with a nice cloth draped over it.
Enjoy what makes where you live special. You don’t have to plan out every minute, but have some fun outings planned. Have some awesome light displays in the area? Plan a night to go see them. Live where there is a lot of snow? Sledding or skiing may be an adventure your guests would enjoy. Check out your community calendar and see what is happening that might be unique to your area.
Don’t forget to include the kids. Hosting a family, have some fun activities for the kids to do. Maybe build a snowman, make some salt dough ornaments, or let them help you bake some cookies for Santa. TIP: Have paper towels on hand to easily clean up messes from little helping hands.
Have a meal plan ready. Know what you will be making for each meal, or picking up. Remember to take any allergies your guests may have into consideration. Having a meal plan will save you time during the week, which means more time making memories. Also be sure to get all of your grocery shopping done before they arrive. Have a game plan for making your big holiday meal as well. TIP: While making your grocery list, check out the Ibotta app. You can save money on items you will already be buying at your local Walmart.
Stock up on household essentials. Load up on things like hand soap, toilet paper, laundry detergent, trash bags, napkins, and more. After you bring them home from the store, be sure to fill the hand soap, napkin holder, and toilet paper. TIP: Avoid an embarrassing situation for guests by putting the toilet paper where they can easily find the next roll. Don’t have a decorative holder, stack extra rolls in a pyramid/tree shape on a near by shelf, or use a paper towel rod to stack a couple extra rolls.
Plan some fun holiday inspired party games. Doing a gift exchange? Look up some fun new ways to do exchanges. Hosting a big family party? Maybe find some holiday inspired Minute To Win It style games. Pinterest is your friend! Get some fun and unique ideas and your party will be a total hit.
Be prepared for pictures and more. This tip will sound strange to the non-parent but…pick up some baby wipes. They are great for cleaning up sticky hands, or wiping a kids face when you go to take that holiday picture with Great Grandma but find their face is a mess. Trust me, baby wipes work way better than mom spit.
Check out this infographic for 10 Holiday Hosting Tips
Now you are ready. You will totally win at this hosting the holidays. Have any tips you want to add? Leave them in the comments.
Pick up all these great products that can help out your holidays, and be sure to use the Ibotta app to save money on them when you pick them up at your local Walmart.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.