November 21, 2014 | No Comments YetTags: helpful tips, holidays, house, philadelphia, real estate, thanksgiving, the barach group
When friends or relatives are coming to visit for the holiday season, make their visit a pleasure by thinking ahead and offering them your gracious home. Fruit baskets and floral arrangements aren’t necessary — just a bit of thoughtfulness and good planning. The following steps will walk you through what you need to know to make your next hosting experience a great one for everyone.
If parking in your neighborhood is limited, be sure to reserve your off-street spot for your guests. Go out ahead of time and track down a convenient street spot if you need to — just don’t make your guests spend their first moments at your place looking for a parking space.
Prep the Porch
This area is the first thing guests see when visiting your home, so make sure it is well lit, freshly swept and outfitted with clean cushions and fresh plants.
Create a simple breakfast station by keeping fresh fruit, breakfast cereals and other essentials together on the counter for early risers. Give guests a quick kitchen tour the night before so they can get their morning coffee or tea without waiting for you in the morning.
If you want to set an extra-special table, adding a monogrammed mug and a small flower arrangement is lovely and doesn’t take much extra effort.
Make it Casual
Cleaning your home before guests arrive is a must; however, keeping the atmosphere around the house as close to normal as possible will help put guests at ease. Newspapers on the coffee table and a casual playlist in the background set the stage for relaxation.
Stock the Essentials
Your guest room doesn’t need to be outfitted like a four-star hotel, but certain basics should be in place to make your visitor comfortable. The essentials include fresh sheets, pillows and blankets on the bed, window coverings, a working light, bath towels, a wastebasket and a cleared shelf and hanging area in the closet.
Bonus items include a fan, iPod docking station, clock, hairdryer, snacks, mini toiletries such as razors, aspirin and hairspray, and a surge protector for charging devices.
Allow for Downtime
It’s too easy to over-plan activities for holiday guests. Having a few tentative outings or other visitors on the agenda can be helpful, but avoid the urge to fill every last minute. Most guests will really appreciate some blocks of unstructured time to relax, chat, read, nap or even venture out on their own.
Jump right in
When dinnertime rolls around, feel free to have guests pitch in with a few simple tasks in the kitchen. Ask them to set the table, pour the wine, choose the music, or prep greens for a salad, and soon your visitors will be feeling right at home.
Read the original article by Kerrie Kelly for the Zillow Blog here.
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