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You Don’t Have to be Martha Stewart to be a Great Host for the Holidays

December 19th, 2012

It’s not everyday you have guests over to your home. But when you do, you might feel pressured with how much you have to prepare.

However, you don’t need to be Martha Stewart to be a great host. You don’t need gourmet chocolates on the guest bed or towels wrapped up with fancy ribbons. Most people don’t have time for that.

All you need is common courtesy combined with a few often-forgotten niceties.

Here are some ways to make your holiday guests feel at home without having to go too out of your way.

Doing the prep work

There are a few places to prepare before your guests even arrive:

  • Guest bedroom: Make sure the bedroom is cleaned and has fresh sheets. Provide hangers in the closet so you guests have a place to put their clothes instead of their suitcases. Add a holiday scented candle to enhance the holiday atmosphere.
  • Guest bathroom: Provide extra towels and a bathrobe and let your guests know which ones are theirs to use. Put out a basket full of toiletry items just in case they forget their toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, shampoo, or shaver.

Welcoming your guests

When your guests arrive, it’s best to first show them where the guest bedroom and bathroom are (good thing you did all that prep work ahead of time, right?). This let’s them unwind and relax after a long trip.

Prepare a warm drink (coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea, apple cider) to warm them up. Not that your furnace can’t warm them properly, but who doesn’t like a warm treat that can heat you from the inside, out?

Keeping guests comfortable

Finally, ensure that you keep your guests comfortable by improving the air quality and setting the temperature at a comfortable level.

One way to improve air quality is to use a whole-home humidifier, which is a great way to counteract winter’s dry air.

Dry air can cause uncomfortable symptoms like:

  • dry, itchy skin
  • worsened allergies and asthma
  • sore throats
  • nose bleeds
  • dry coughs

Let guests pick what they want the temperature to be at and make sure your furnace is working correctly by scheduling a furnace tune-up from a reputable heating company before your guests arrive.

Also, show your guests how to use the thermostat so they can change it in the middle of the night or when you’re not home, if they need to.

Following the Golden rule

When it comes down to it, ask yourself the Golden Rule: “If I was the guest, what would make me feel welcomed and comfortable?” Doing this helps you brainstorm different ways to make sure your guests are well taken care of.

At Service Champions, it’s our hope that these tips help you enjoy the time you have with friends and family this holiday season.

Have a happy holidays and a merry Christmas!

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