A Guide to Hosting Holiday Houseguests

The holiday season is upon us and you may be opening your home to plenty of family and friends. Some of which will be living quite far away, so naturally, will be looking to stay with you. If you are going to be the hostess, then you want to make sure that you are prepared and are ready to open your doors with open arms. So here is a quick guide to preparing your home for guests over the holidays. Would love to hear what you think!


Spare Some Space

From a guest’s point of view, there is nothing worse than having to feel like you’re intruding and taking over someone’s home. So in order to eliminate those feelings, you can plan ahead and clear some space for them. From space to hang their coats and leave their shoes, to space in the wardrobe and in the bathroom. It shows you have thought about them and will stop them from feeling like they are taking over.


If you have guests with children coming over, and your home is not the most child-friendly place, then making some changes to child proof can be a small thing to do that can bring a lot of peace of mind to your guest. Get shutters on cabinets, tidy away small trinkets that they could break or attempt to eat, as well as looking into things like fireguards if necessary.

Make The Beds

Being able to prep in advance can mean you can have everything ready for them. Being able to let them go into a room and the bed is made, with clean sheets, and some towels piled n top, is a nice touch when guests have been traveling far. If you don’t have enough beds, then it could be worth looking at getting comfortable air mattresses for them to use. There are reviews on sites like Bed and Spaces, so it could be worth looking at to make sure your guests are comfortable. You should also check you have enough pillows, as that can be the key to a good night’s sleep for many people.

Set The Mood

There are many things that can help to create a lovely homely atmosphere ready to welcome your guests. It could be scented candles, room sprays, or an essential oil diffuser. Setting the mood in the home, as well as where they will be sleeping can be a lovely touch.

Keep a Food Stash

Nothing makes anyone feel like they’re at home than a pantry full of food. Simple snacks and plenty of drinks can be a good way to help them to feel comfortable. Show them where everything is and let them know they can help themselves. So make sure you have got plenty in!

Information Station

Even though they are just at your house, you can make it feel more like a hotel if you want to. Creating an information station can be a fun way to do just that. Share with them the wifi code, alarm details, and other things about the house, such as heating, hot water, and how to work the shower.

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