Get Guest Ready
Greet Them with Warmly
Your welcome wagon should start at the front door. By decorating the entryway with festive flair, you’re giving guests a sneak peek as to what’s inside. This year, we love seasonal doormats, lit trees and faux pine decor. A greeting party in the form of a friendly pup doesn’t hurt, either. Any added touch here will make your visitors feel at home.
Tip: Have a handout ready with WiFi information so your overnight guests don’t have to ask for the password.
Layer A Cozy Guest Bed
Update your guest room by swapping out the everyday duvet covers and pillow cases with seasonal patterns – such as plaid, stripes and woodland-inspired designs like reindeer and wintry trees. ’Tis the season to snuggle up, so make sure your overnighters are extra comfy at night. Keep faux fur and sherpa throws at the foot of the bed or on a shelf with easy access. Hang a personalized stocking from the footboard that’s filled with goodies they can unwrap on Christmas morning.
Tip: Don’t have a guest room? Invest in a sleeper sofa for another living space. Our selection is comfortable, chic and easy to pull out and put away, so you can transition from day to night with ease.
Stock the Bar
When the weather outside is frightful, a good cocktail becomes even more delightful. Before your guests arrive, get a sense of what they like to drink – and if they take it straight up or with a twist. It can be fun playing bartender, especially when you have all the bells and whistles for the ultimate home bar.
Tip: If you live near a brewery, winery or distillery, buy local. This makes cocktail hour a little more special for out-of-town guests.
Set the Holiday Table
Use your eye for design to create unique place settings with subtle variations in shape and color – and don’t think you have to stick to red and green. Jewel-tone velvets and festive plaids easily find their place at the holiday dinner table. Try a solid runner and layer on playful placemats and dinnerware, and finish with a centerpiece that works best for your space.
Tip: Find ideas for easy DIY centerpieces here.
Take a cue from your favorite hotel when prepping for guests: details like a fluffy towel and luxurious faux fur robe will really wow them. Have at least two sets per guest for anything longer than a weekend stay. Mini toiletries are a nice touch and will instantly make your guest bath feel more like a five-star spa.
Tip: Toothbrushes and toothpaste are often forgotten when traveling, so have extras handy. This small detail will put you in the top ranks of hosts at very little cost to you.