10 Tips: Holiday Visitors


Entertaining at home for the holidays?  Whether hosting a houseful or an intimate get-together, make your holiday guests feel special. The key to a memorable visit includes just a few distinct touches to make your company feel happy and pampered. The best part? You can do it all ahead of time and be relaxed and in the spirit to entertain when guests arrive.

Warmth of the season
Add festive pillows and throws to your guest room and entertaining areas. Choose fun plaids, crimson or jolly holiday-themed blankets and pillows. If nights are chilly, guests will enjoy a cozy wrap.

Holiday treats
Indulge your holiday guests with simple, but special, treats like rich, aromatic coffee or an array of teas, set out ready to be brewed without help for breakfast. Add scones or muffins and fresh fruit for a delicious breakfast.

Deck the halls
Fresh greenery, flowers and garlands take ho hum holiday to happening décor in an instant. Get more inspired ideas from the pros at Architectural Digest.

Cozy environment
Continue the spirit of the season and elevate guest towels and washcloths beyond every day. Tie them up with pretty ribbon and a festive bow and place on the guest bed. Wifi (write the password on a note card) and a phone charger will make your guest feel right at home.

Set the mood
Take tips from celebrity party planner extraordinaire Colin Cowie and other experts. Play festive holiday music, place dimmers on light switches and always have something chilling in the refrigerator ready to drink at a moment’s notice.

Effortless entertaining
Food and drink stations are a great way for holiday guests to serve themselves. For an extra touch, create short descriptions of the wine and dishes on decorative placards.

Picture perfect
Surprise your overnight holiday guests with a happy or nostalgic photo of them. Place it in a simple frame and display in on a guest room end table or dresser.

Little luxuries
Martha Stewart suggests setting out guest room niceties like an alarm clock. Arrange bottles of water, foil wrapped chocolates and fresh blooms in a little vase.

Guest gifts
Create a special take-home gift for your guests. Something simple is lovely – it’s the thought that makes it special. Try hand-wrapped soaps, a single special ornament or even homemade jam or cookies.

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