Are you having holiday house guests? If you are, these are some things you can do for them to help them feel welcome. Being a good hostess is a skill that can be learned. Holiday house guests will love being in your home when you use these tips.
1. Have a Gift for Them
One of the very first things you can do for your holiday house guests is to have a gift for them under the tree. If they’re going to be there at Christmas then you want them to have something to open. Even something small like a scarf or a pair of pajamas will work. They’ll appreciate the fact that you got them a gift. It’s a small gesture that means a lot.
2. Stock the Fridge with Their Favorites
We visited some family a few months ago and our hostess graciously stocked her fridge with our favorite beverages, fruits and some special treats she knew our children loved. It was a thoughtful gesture that I won’t forget. Stocking your fridge for your holiday house guests can make them feel the same way. They’ll appreciate having their favorites while they’re away from home. If you don’t know what their favorites are, ask.
3. Make Your Bathroom Welcoming
There are a lot of little things you can do to make your bathroom welcoming. You can stock it with samples of things like soap, shampoo and a new toothbrush in case those are items your guest forgot. You can make sure there are plenty of towels and perhaps even pick up a few new ones if your older ones have seen better days. A bathroom with all the essentials is important. It’s the little things that make a guest feel welcome in your home.
4. Have a Gift Basket Waiting
This is a kind thing to do for your holiday house guest. Have a gift basket waiting for them on their bed. You can go in many different directions with what you choose for the contents. You might include some magazines featuring things you know they’re interested in, some bottled water and light snacks. You could choose to go with a Christmas theme. You might include DVDs of some Christmas movies and Christmas candy.
5. Hang a Stocking for Them
If stockings are a big deal in your family, hang one for your guest. They’ll love the fact that you did this for them. Stockings are fun and there are many different ways to do them. Maybe your family adds small wrapped trinkets in the days leading up to Christmas. Maybe all the stocking stuffers go in on Christmas Eve. However your family does stockings, your guests will love being part of your unique family tradition.
6. Include Their Traditions
Speaking of traditions, it’s nice to allow your guests to include a few of their own. If they have a special cookie they make, let them know the kitchen is available for their use. If they always tour a neighborhood to see the lights, make sure to include that in your plans. Letting them follow their traditions will mean the world to them. It’s also fun for you to try some new things at Christmas.
7. Allow Them to Help
If you really want to make your guest feel like part of the family, allow them to help with the tasks of the holidays. Let them help you trim the tree or cook Christmas dinner. It gives you more time to spend together, too. It’s a great way to make Christmas memories that you’ll both treasure. You may decide you want to have holiday house guests every season.
Do you typically have holiday house guests? What do you do to make them feel special? I’d love to read your ideas.