Eight Tiny (But Meaningful) Holiday Entertaining Tips

Preparing to have family over for a holiday celebration is one of the most stressful things you will do all year.  The holidays are celebrations.  However, the cooking, cleaning and entertaining that come with the holidays can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.  Even if you don’t have a lot of time there are a few things you can do quickly and easily, that will make a big difference.

Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

Even if you don't have a lot of time to prepare, these steps will help you your home look amazing for guests. Click To Tweet
  1. Clean the bathroom.  You don’t have to go crazy, just clean the areas that will be used.  One
    antibacterial wipe on the sink and a quick toilet scrub will change the whole appearance of the room. Add a can of air freshener so guests can get rid of any unpleasant odors before you even know they are there.
  2. Stock towels, toilet paper and hand soap.  Take a few moments to make sure your guests have access (easily) to hand soap, clean hand towels and extra toilet paper.  Not only does this save them from having to ask, it saves you from having to do one more thing while you’re entertaining.
  3. Sweep the front step.  This chore takes about a minute and makes a huge difference to the appearance of your home.  After all, you can never make a first impression again.
  4. Light candles.  Scent is a big part of atmosphere.  Not only do candles make your home smell amazing, their light is very forgiving and romantic.  Even if YOU think your home smells great, chances are your guests may smell something different.  Cooking, pets and even the trash can make your home smell less than holiday ready.
  5. Turn off the over head lights.  Bright lights that shine from above can show off dust, dirt and scuff marks on the wall.  Use lamps and lower lighting for a flattering ambiance.
  6. Turn on music.  Music should be able to be heard, but not require guests to speak louder than they normally would.  I recommend putting music on in a nearby room to ensure sure it is audible but not overpowering.  If you have some extra time, make a playlist ahead of time.  However, iTunes has lots of pre-made holiday playlists.
  7. Clear a spot for coats and bags.  If you’re like most people, the entryway closet is full of your own things (and this is a better use of the space!).  However, it’s important to make sure you have room for guest coats and bags, especially if you live in a cooler climate.  Use a bench in the entryway, a nearby bed or even a rolling garment rack that breaks down in between celebrations.
  8. Fluff the pillows.  Just like sweeping the front step, taking two minutes to fluff the couch pillows and fold the blankets can make a big difference to the overall appearance of the space being tidy.  


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