Hosting the holidays this year? It’s a big commitment, but so rewarding. As the hustle and bustle of the season ramps up, make a plan to approach your role as host/hostess with pragmatism. A little planning goes a long way in successfully hosting the holidays.
Follow these tips and turn yourself into a Pro Holiday Host:
- Stock the bar – Before your guests’ arrival, make a run to the liquor store and replenish your stash of beer, wine, and mixed drinks for the various preferences you’ll encounter during their visit. And don’t forget to also have on hand a variety of nonalcoholic beverages for the children and nondrinkers in the house.
- Extend a warm welcome – A small note on the bed can be a huge gesture that goes the extra mile in making guests feel welcome in your home. Don’t forget to include your WiFi name and password so they can settle in and feel at home in their new surroundings.
- Prep all meals possible – Choose meals wisely when you’re feeding extra mouths. Select recipes that can be made or prepped ahead of time and that use relatively few dishes in the cooking process. But don’t stop there . . . be disciplined enough to actually do as much prepping and/or cooking before guests arrive.
- Stock the pantry and fridge – There’s something so fulfilling about abundantly stocked shelves, whether they be in the pantry or the refrigerator. Ready-made, grab-and-go snacks and help-yourself lunch fixins are a must when you’re hosting a crowd. Also, a big, centrally located bowl of fresh fruits not only looks beautiful but also keeps hungry bellies at bay.
- Consider nightstand niceties – Fresh flowers and a pitcher of water with a drinking glass on the bedside table create a special touch that won’t go unnoticed. Such effort shows true hosting chops.
- Clear the closets – Take inventory of space in your coat closet and be sure there is plenty of room to accommodate guests’ wintry coverups. While you’re at it, peek in the guest bedroom closet and clear some space for guests’ belongings. This gesture will be appreciated.
- Cover all bathroom basics – Be sure to bump up your supply of toilet paper and keep it handy to replenish as needed. For an extra touch, fill a basket with travel-sized toiletries and leave it on the vanity for easy access. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, cotton pads, Band-Aids, floss, nail clippers, and deodorant are perfect items to include.
- Take a tour – For those guests new to your home, take the time for a quick “where everything lives” tour: In which kitchen cabinet are glasses stored? Where can various snacks and drinks be found? Where are coffee supplies?
The holidays are a perfect time to show off your beautiful Berkeley home. With just a few thoughtful gestures and some planning, hosting this season is certain to be a joyful occasion. Happy holidays!
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