• Amanda Strome

Home for the Holidays: Are You Ready for Guests?

The busy holiday season is here. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and so is Christmas. Having all of the family gathered in your home is an amazing feeling, and you want to make sure your home is looking its best. Getting your home holiday ready at first can be over whelming and stressful, not only to make sure that it is clean, but to also make sure that it is ready for guests to stay.

The first step is to make sure you have everything for your guests in their stay. Make sure your house is stocked with supplies such as extra towels, toiletries such as toothpaste and shampoo just in case your over night guests forget essentials for there stay. It is also good to not only remember large holiday meal necessities, but also snacks, breakfast and drinks that guests will need. For example, even if you don't drink coffee it is probably a good idea to have some in your house for guests. Buy to go for your guests to take home leftovers from the holiday feasts. There are sure to be plenty of leftovers and this may be a good idea in order to cut back how much you have after the guests leave. Be sure to go thorough the days that the guests will be there, and anticipate what they may need throughout.

You also want to ensure that your home is ready for guests to stay. Be sure to do a deep clean of your home before guests arrive. Aside from cleaning, go through and decorate your home in order to make it festive for the holiday events. During Christmas time especially be sure to hang garland and wreaths in order to enhance festivities. Make sure you have everything you need for your table setting. Aside from plates, forks and knives having centerpieces adds a statement to the holiday tables.

Come up with new traditions. After thanksgiving dinner come up with something that the whole family can take part in, such as a scavenger hunt around town, or a family football game. While everyone is gathered for Thanksgiving, be sure to plan out fun activities such as secret Santa or a white elephant gift so everyone has time to prepare. Decide on budget ahead of time so everyone is on the same page.

Plan for downtime. While there are many fun and festive activities that are going to be happening, there is sure to be some downtime after the big events are done. Plan activities that you all can do together during these times. Break out the board games, teach each other your favorite game. Have holiday movies on standby, or know a couple of options for local activities to attend together, such as Fredrick Meijer's Christmas Tree and train display once it is up, or ice skating at Rosa Park's Circle. Planning for downtime ahead of time cuts down on having the awkward moment of deciding on the spot what you should do.

Having family over and staying at your home is exciting. While it is easy to get caught up in all of the details of the holidays, remember the most important thing is the people you spend the holidays with.

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