The holidays are here! And with them, all the joy, busyness, stress, and other trappings that come with entertaining and hosting guests for the season. Whether you’re hosting a simple potluck or a whole gaggle of cousins and kids, we’re here to help you get prepared and make the season as seamless as possible. Keep reading—we’ve got all your holiday hosting tips below!
Spruce Up Your Common Areas
Whether you’re hosting for a whole weekend or just one night, it’s essential to tidy up any main areas your guests will be spending time in. These holiday hosting tips will help you get your space in shape!
Get rid of pet hair, lint, and dust. Break out the lint roller, hand-held vacuum, and duster, and make sure all surfaces are visibly clean and don’t show any grime when you run a finger on top.
Be strategic. Are you just having guests over for dinner? Then focus all your efforts on the living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and other areas where they’ll be spending time. Yes—feel free to shove that giant pile of papers on the kitchen counter right into your bedroom. No one will know, and you can focus your efforts on other tasks!
If kids are coming over, be sure to do a quick kid-proofing of the areas they’ll be in. No need to buy anything—just double-check that any extra-breakable or sharp objects are out of reach.
Add small decorative flourishes. Whether you go all-out on holiday decor or like to keep it simple, it’s nice to bring in a few decor moments that will make your space feel extra special. Beautiful floral and greenery arrangements are always a good bet—and if you’re in a pinch, simply go out to your yard and pick a few branches to place in a vase! We also love putting out a fun doormat and hanging a wreath on the door for an extra warm welcome.
Ready Your Rugs and Floors
Treat your floors like you would any other surface in your home, and give them a good refresh or clean before guests come over.
Consider rolling out a new rug. Feeling like your spaces need a refresh before guests come by? A new rug will do the trick! For extra durability, take a look at our synthetic, wool, and washable styles, which will stand up well to areas that get high-traffic. And if you’re looking for a little extra oomph, try layering on a faux sheepskin rug or hide to bring in all the coziness.
For cleaning rugs and carpet: A day or two before guests arrive, do a thorough vacuuming of all your rugs and carpeted areas. And a few hours before guests come over, do a quick vacuum to get up any remaining dirt or messes.
For cleaning floors: While you’re running the vacuum over your rugs and carpeted spaces, give your bare floors a once-over with the vacuum as well. Be sure to pay close attention to any nooks and crannies that may have accumulated dust! If any spaces still feel dirty, break out a mop to do some extra-deep cleaning.
Have cleaning supplies on hand. It’s never a bad idea to have rug cleaning supplies at the ready when entertaining, especially if you’ll be eating and drinking around your rugs. Place your cleaner of choice under the kitchen sink or in a nearby closet for easy access in the event that spills or messes occur.
Stock Up and Tidy the Kitchen
As the heart of the home—and the spot where all the entertaining action happens—you’ll want to make sure your kitchen is in tip-top shape before guests arrive. Here’s how to do it!
Do a deep clean. Go through your fridge and pantry, and toss out anything that’s old, expired, or taking up precious space. Give any dirty surfaces a wipe down. If you’ll be using your oven, go ahead and give it a good cleaning as well!
Stock up on essentials. Ask your guests what drinks and snacks they like, and be sure to have those on hand when they arrive. Think sodas, coffee, tea, bottles of water, or wine, along with quick snacks and easy breakfast items.
Make sure things are in reach. One of our top holiday hosting tips is to make sure guests are able to easily find anything they might need. Set out the aforementioned snacks, and show them where they can find glasses, mugs, napkins, and other essentials.
Prep Your Entertaining Essentials
As host, it’s important to do as much as you can in advance to make things as easy on yourself as possible. The holiday hosting tips below are must-follows for seamless entertaining!
Take inventory of your tools. The last thing you want to do while guests are over is dig around in your drawers for a utensil. While prepping recipes, make sure you have all the necessary tools to execute your meal—and put them in a place that’s easy to access.
Wash and prep what you’ll use. Breaking out your favorite holiday dishes for the first time in a while? Or any special serveware that may have accumulated dust? Do a thorough washing of everything you’ll use before guests come over to ensure dust-free dining.
Set the table. Setting the table is something you can do days in advance—so go ahead and cross it off your list so you don’t have to worry about it day-of! It’s also a great way to welcome guests into your home and show off a stunning tablescape.
Make Guests Feel Extra Welcome
There’s an art to helping guests feel like they’re at home in your space—and these are our top holiday hosting tips to accomplish just that!
Give guest rooms a cleaning. If you have a dedicated guest room, chances are dust will have accumulated a bit if it hasn’t been used in awhile. Give it a good vacuum, dust, and a few spritzes of room spray to help the space feel clean and fresh.
Stock up the bathroom. Be sure your guest has access to clean towels, soap, shampoo, plenty of toilet paper, tissues, and any other toiletry essentials.
Create a guest kit. In your guest bedroom, create a little “welcome kit” with everything guests might need for their stay. Think water bottles or a glass for drinking, extra blankets, a note with the wifi password, a candle with matches, a phone charger, and anything else you think will help them feel right at home.