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Do you need to know how to prepare your home for guests this Christmas?
Not sure what to do or how to get everything ready on top of everything else going on in your life?
Then don’t worry because these tips will help you to create an inviting atmosphere in your home.
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1. Decorate Your Home’s Exterior
Create an amazing first impression before your guests arrive by decorating your home’s exterior as well as the interior.
A wreath is always a good addition to the front door, but there are other ways to add festive cheer, such as hanging baubles and adding fairy lights in trees or shrubs.
2. Make A Sleeping Plan
Write out a list of who is coming to stay and for how long and of course where they are going to sleep!
It’s best to plan this so that you don’t run out of duvets and pillows.
You could always come up with a contingency plan by having some spare sleeping bags that can be used on the sofa.
For the busiest nights, you could allow all of the kids to sleep together on the floor in one room, making a camping-like atmosphere.
If you have given all of the beds to guests and you are left in a pickle, you can always look for other options, such as beds that can fold away or inflate or even lilos for the children.
You can also think about the pets – Do you have pets or do your family travel with their fur babies? They will also need somewhere to sleep.
3. Give The Bedrooms A Makeover
Dress up the bedrooms with festive flowers or foliage on the bedside tables, hang a wreath above the bed or baubles hung with ribbons.
You could also place water bottles and glasses by each bed.
You could invest in some new cotton bed linen from California Design Den, which is good quality, luxurious and a dream to sleep on!
This linen is the type of bedding that you would expect from a top hotel, both heavy, durable and soft, making you feel properly rested after your sleep.
Once you get your bed linen ironed and ready, you could also add festive pillows or a snuggly throw as a finishing touch.
4. Stock Up The Bathroom
It’s the little details that can make your guests stay as comfortable as possible.
Make sure the bathroom is sparkling clean and has a good supply of extra toilet roll.
Leave out mini toiletries – like shower gel, shampoo and a nice bar of soap for guests to use and replace all of the towels that look a little worn.
5. Think Of A Menu Plan
Make a schedule of how many people you need to cook for on any given day.
Once you have worked out how many people you are cooking for, decide what you want to serve and get the grocery shopping done in advance.
There are so many inspiring recipes out there, from cookbooks to online, I personally always look to chef Akis Petretzikis for inspiration.
For the busiest meals before and after Christmas day, opt for simple dishes that you can prepare in advance and freeze.
Keep breakfasts relaxed with a buffet style approach that means guests can help themselves when they get up.
6. Make A Seating Plan
Think about seating, is everyone going to be able to fit around your dining table?
Do you need extra chairs or an extra table? This can be a bit of a squeeze if you have many guests.
Not only will the guests be sitting to dine, but in other areas of the home too.
Give some thought to the living room, rearrange furniture to create as much space as possible.
You can always put some into storage, like the garage or a lesser-used room if you have space.
If you don’t have enough comfy chairs, floor pillows and pouffes are good for younger visitors.
7. Organise The Hallway
Hallways are often cluttered with coats and shoes, umbrellas and other stuff needed for the winter weather.
Try to store as many family coats as possible in a wardrobe or storage box under the bed.
Place a basket in the hall for shoes, so that they don’t end up all over the place.
8. Create An Atmosphere
Make your home feel like Christmas with festive fragrances from candles or fresh greens.
Think of spices, pine and eucalyptus, which can be added as part of the decor.
Use room sprays, candles, diffusers and potpourri to get your guests into the holiday spirit.
9. Cleaning Kits
Have a cleaning kit handy, so that if there are any spillages you can get it sorted out right away.
Accidents happen and having the tools to tackle spills quickly will be worth it!
10. Make A Playlist
Create a playlist on Youtube or on Spotify to play during various times.
You could have upbeat Christmas pop songs or traditional classical Christmas music in the background.
You can even play a video of a crackling fire with instrumental Christmas music playing in place of a real log fire on Youtube.
Your guests might want to play board games, cards or something else during their stay, so having a few things at hand will keep them entertained.
For those who are staying longer, you can have a few books around, magazines and puzzles.
As well as a few classic dvds such as; It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas and Elf!
12. Keep The Kids Occupied
If the children get bored you can have a number of activities ready for them to enjoy.
From Christmas crafts, baking to playing games there are so many things they can do to pass the time during the holidays.
Fill a jar with various activities and let them choose – ideas can include outdoor as well as indoor activities.
I hope you have enjoyed the tips and can now prepare for all of your Christmas guests!
Let me know how you like to get ready in the comments below. xoxo