With the holidays just around the corner, you may be preparing to have friends and family coming to stay with you at Vintage Oaks. You want to make them feel at home during their stay, but how do you do that? While it may seem like a challenge, with a little hospitality and some extra touches, your holiday guests will feel right at home. Here are some tips from Southern Living for being a welcoming host.
Tidy up the house with a thorough cleaning. Get rid of clutter, finish small house repairs, and do the decorating projects you’ve been putting off.
Have plenty of food and drinks. Make sure to stock the fridge and pantry with beverages and snacks your guests enjoy. Put some small snacks in your guest’s room in case they get hungry in the middle of the night. This makes it easy for your guests to grab a snack whenever they want.
Have something planned for your guests. Activities include shopping, a party, day-trip or local seasonal event. Don’t pack their schedule with activities, but entertain them and show them around your neighborhood and city.
Don’t forget the kids. Whether you have kids of your own or not, grab a game or craft to keep them busy. If you have a party to attend, plan for a babysitter while you all are out.
Improve the bed. Make sure you have nice, clean sheets, plenty of pillows and extra blankets and comforters. Also, make sure to wash linens before your guests arrive so they are fresh.
Provide current magazines. Leave magazines and books in your guest room to make guests feel welcome and give them something to do if they are early risers or night owls.
Check the details. Since guest rooms are often unused, they sometimes go unnoticed in the routine care of your house. Check light bulbs, closets and remote batteries before guests arrive.
Decorate. You don’t want your guest room to look like an afterthought. Put out some decor to spruce up the room. During the holidays place festive decorations in the guest room to welcome them.
Get new towels. Don’t give your guests dingy towels. Buy new ones or wash the ones you have to make them feel at home.
Provide toiletries. Leave out soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and toothpaste for your guests in case they left theirs at home. Grocery stores and retailers have travel-sized toiletries you can grab on your next trip.
Planning on entertaining this winter? Take a tour through the beautiful model homes at The Rserve to get more design ideas for your Hill Country home.