October 23, 2019 4 min read 15 Comments
The holiday season is quickly approaching and with Thanksgiving and Christmas knocking on our door, it's time to start thinking and preparing for holiday guests in your home.
Carolina Dandy ladies strongly believe in cultivating a heart of hospitality for those in our home and the guests that we welcome throughout the year. A stressed-out hostess is going to have a hard time being present and loving those in her home well, so we want to begin the process of prepping earlier rather than later.
So, what's the key to thriving during the holiday season with all the festivities and entertaining that is on your plate? It's preparation. Take the time to do all the prep work now, before you become overwhelmed by all the tasks in front of you, so you can be present and enjoy the holidays.
Ready to get started?
1. Prep Prior
Talk with guests prior to their arrival to ask about any special dietary restrictions or allergies that you need to be prepared for. Make all your grocery store runs and possible special food preparations prior to their arrival.
2. Declutter, Deep Clean, and Organize
Schedule a day in your week before guests arrive to declutter any spaces around your home where guests will be and to deep clean. A cluttered or dirty home does not make for a warm welcome for your guests. Plan out the week before guests arrive to deep clean or call ahead to schedule this to be hired. Call ahead, because the cleaning service may not have time in their schedule so you want to be prepared.
Are there any spaces in your home that need to be organized so that guests can be comfortable in your home? Look over areas where they will be spending their time.
3. Guest Comfort- Assess Your Space
Areas to assess and questions to think about when considering guest comfort:
Entryway and Foyer/Mudroom (wherever guests enter)
4. Think Through Day of Arrival
There are few extra touches that you can add to your home for the ultimate welcome for guests. Plan for what you'd like to do so that you aren't scrambling at the last minute.
Now that you've read through the things to think about prior to guests arriving, make a list or add to your standing list anything that you need to do. Get to work on your list and tackling the to-do's so that you can enjoy your guests and welcome them comfortably into your home.
Have a friend that's hosting for the holidays? Make sure you send this post to her so she can prepare well and enjoy her time with her guests too.
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