Home for the Holidays! 7 Ways to Make Your Home Perfect for Guests & Gatherings

Home for the Holidays! 7 Ways to Make Your Home Perfect for Guests & Gatherings

Posted by Hilary Pereira on Nov 9th 2020

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.” -Bob Hope

The holiday season is meant to be celebrated in all different fashions - each personal to individual families and friends. However, one evergreen and common thread is togetherness!

It is the one season people plan for all year long. Scheduling visits and gathering with loved ones near and far is the hallmark of the holidays.

As the holiday season approaches, here are 7 ways to make your home extra accommodating, guest friendly, spirited and fun, and most of all, welcoming and memorable for all who pass through your door.

1. Ho, Ho, Glow.

It may not be the same fireplace Santa slides down the chimney to land, but it sure works to set a mood! A pretty and portable hybrid of both fireplace and storage unit, a great infrared fireplace like this one leaves plenty of room on top for a flatscreen to binge watch holiday movies, or to build a library of photo albums, great books and magazines for friends and family to enjoy.

This unit can easily be slid into a guest room, a bonus room or any extra sleeping area. Turn up the fire right before guests arrive for a most welcoming hello and glow.

Infrared Fireplace

2. Get Ornamental

Colorful ornaments strewn across a mantle with garland and candles, or large bowls and glass vases filled to the top with gold and silver balls will look beautiful positioned on an accent table, a kitchen island or on top of a fireplace mantel. The vibrant colors and bright energy of ornaments can elevate a holiday spirit in any room, and is one of the most simple and inexpensive ways to instantly add a pop of cheer for your guests and gatherings.

3. Merry & Bright

As family and friends are on their merry way to your home, create a warm and inviting environment to greet them upon arrival. Bring a winter wonderland mood inside by lighting fragrant wood scented candles or a cluster of classic pillar candles in natural wood candlestick holders like this set:

Wooden Candleholder Set

A bright tip: If you want candles to last longer, trim the wick 1/4 of an inch in length every time you burn. Light candles 30 minutes before guests are expected to arrive so they stay burning throughout the night. Fragrance free candles are best used on a dinner table as to not compete with the aromas of the food.

4. Overnight Guests

Preparing to host family and friends can be stress free if you plan ahead! A few tips to take the chaos out of last minute preparations; First, declutter and create extra room for your guests by clearing out closets and drawers for their belongings and suitcase. Set out a tray with new toiletries, towels and extra pillows for their stay. Leave a welcome note that lists the WiFi password, Netflix log-in and remote instructions. Place a vase of fresh flowers by their bed and a carafe of filtered drinking water.

Charcoal Queen Sleeper Sofa

Investing in a compact yet stylish sleeper sofa like this charcoal sleeper sofa in minimalist design can ensure comfort for your guests at night as well as an easy transition back to a sofa during the day.

5. Dear Santa...

“May you never be too grown to search the skies on Christmas Eve...”

Don’t forget about the little travelers headed your way for the holidays! This colorful dining set for kids can serve as a fun craft table, a thoughtful desk area for any last minute Christmas list wishes to the ‘man in the sleigh’, and is light and portable for quick moves into the kitchen or dining area for holiday meals.

5 Piece Kids Multi Color Dining Set

6. A Moveable Feast

One thing is certain, when inviting guests for a stay at your house, a stocked pantry is a must! More people at your home naturally means more snacks and drinks, which also means more places required for those snacks and drinks to land.

Invest in a great portable accent table like this one: The removable tray is great for multiple uses and the table folds for easy storage.

Brown Black Accent Table

Stock up on extra basics pre-holiday rush like paper towels, coffee and tea and hand soap. If you don’t typically shop for dairy free or gluten free, pick up a few items to have on hand like almond milk that may be appreciated by a sensitive guest. Make sure to have kid friendly snacks...and don’t forget the milk and cookies for the reindeer!

7.Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Visiting friends and relatives during holiday months may translate to long drives, cross-country flights and generally is not the ideal time to slow down and relax. Between seemingly endless last minute errands, late nights and early mornings preparing meals, gift wrapping and getting organized - these fun but busy days can rob of us one thing - enough sleep.

When prepping for visitors, having a few cozy and soft throws set out in rooms will provide an easy ‘out’ for any tired guests wanting to curl up with a book and a glass of wine or steal a mid-day nap.

Neatly placing a few throws inside baskets in the areas where people gather most makes this idea both thoughtful and easy on the eyes. This luxe one with loose fringe looks like a blanket of ivory soft snow and will deliver the warmth and comfort desired.

Ivory Throw

Wherever the holidays take you this year and whether you are hosting at home or visiting away, we wish you healthy and safe days and festive, joyful nights ahead.

Happy Holidays!