The holidays are right around the corner, which means many of us will be putting up some of our friends and family for a few days. Hopefully you’ve brushed up on your hosting skills. If not, these tips will help.
1. Find ways to make their stay a thrill.
People expect their hosts to meet their needs when it comes to the essentials: a bed, place to bath/shower, and food. You can truly impress your guests and give them a memorable stay by paying attention to the little details. You could hang up a fresh robe in the guest room for them to use or spread out some guidebooks if they intend to explore the area. If you trust your guests, give them a spare key for the duration of their stay so they can move about as they please.
2. Don’t smother your guests.
I think the best way to entertain guests in your home is to provide simple, easy-to-cancel options. You’ll want to be able to keep your guests busy (if they choose), but you’ll also want to ease off and let them do their thing if they prefer.
Plan some activities that can be done at any time (like sight-seeing or shows with multiple timeslots). Make sure there’s plenty of coffee and tea for lazy evenings talking at the table. Most importantly, be sure to ask your guests how they prefer to enjoy their stay.
3. Have your home ready before your guests alive.
If you scramble to get rooms, beds and food ready after your guests have arrived, they’ll feel unwelcome. They will feel like intruders in your space, as if you never wanted them there in the first place. Get your home in shape before your guests show up, even if that means preparing your home days in advance. Clean whatever needs cleaning and get organized. When your guests arrive, your only concern should be helping them settle in.
4. Accommodate their lifestyles.
Hopefully you know your guests well enough that you can plan for their lifestyle preferences that differ from your own. If your Uncle Joe is a vegetarian, it wouldn’t be right to serve as a meaty lasagna as the only meal option. Likewise, if your cousin Sue likes to stay up and watch late-night TV, don’t insist on a household bedtime. Since this is the holiday season, be sure to respect their celebration traditions and preferences. Remember, this is their vacation too.
5. Abstain from family drama.
Families have a tendency to… disagree from time to time. Sometimes we yell louder than we should or use a less-than-polite tone. While most of the time this harshness is quickly forgotten, it can make guests feel uncomfortable and awkward. People can recognize when they’re privy to private conversations. Avoid shouting at your kids or having arguments with your spouse.
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