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Effortless Holiday Hosting: Stress-Free Guest Arrivals

By Jolene Nanette

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we're gearing up for those cozy get-togethers with our favorite people, complete with hearty meals and heartwarming stories. But, the holidays can also throw a bit of chaos and busyness our way, making it difficult to enjoy the special moments that create these lifelong memories. That's why a bit of early planning and preparation can work wonders to ensure the holidays feel more enjoyable.

1. Prepare a guest room

Ensure the guest room is clean, fresh, and welcoming. Provide clean bedding, extra pillows, blankets, and towels. It's also a nice touch to add some essentials like a bedside lamp, a clock, and a basket with toiletries. If the guests are staying in a shared space, such as an office or family room, utilize items you have from other rooms to make these spots feel more homey.

2. Create a guest information sheet

Make a handy information sheet with details about the house, such as the Wi-Fi password, codes for the front door/garage, and any important instructions (e.g., how to use the coffee machine and TV). If your guests are visiting from out of town, provide them with information about local attractions, restaurants, and transportation options. They'll appreciate your guidance and it will make their stay more enjoyable. This will help your guests feel more comfortable and self-sufficient.

3. Stock up on essentials

Before your guests arrive, check that you have enough toiletries, toilet paper, and other essentials. It's also a good idea to have extra snacks, beverages, and breakfast options available for them.

4. Clear some closet and drawer space

Ensure your guests have enough space to unpack and store their belongings. Clear out a section of your closet or set aside a dresser drawer for their use. This step is a win-win because it will give you a chance to clear out any clutter that has been piling up. Allowing your guests to not live out of their suitcases and will help them feel more at home during their stay.

5. Plan meals in advance

Discuss dietary preferences and any food allergies with your guests ahead of time. Plan your meals accordingly and try to have a variety of options available. If your guests enjoy cooking, you could even collaborate on a meal together! Time spent with friends and family in the kitchen is one of the things that make the holidays special.

6. Provide a welcome basket

Surprise your guests with a thoughtful welcome basket filled with snacks, water bottles, magazines, or any other small items they might appreciate. It's a lovely gesture to make them feel special and cared for.

By, Jolene Nanette

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