Holiday Hostess Tips

5 Holiday Hostess Tips

Get advice on 5 easy ways to make your guests feel welcome during their stay.


Sabrina Soto

1. Welcome Basket
Create a simple “welcome basket” for your guests. Leftover hotel toiletry samples are perfect for this: Throw in things like small bottles of lotions, shampoo and conditioner, and the day's newspaper.

Gift guests with their own set of coffee mugs and various drink mixes so they feel comfortable using the kitchen to make drinks at their leisure. Try a coffee gift set that you can add right into the basket.

2. Linens
Have a set of linens that is designated only for the guest bedroom. Arrange everything in an easy-to-spot location and provide extras of everything. This will make it easy for your guests to get settled. Add a luxury touch like a faux fur throw on top of the bed; they are cozy and will keep your guests warm on cold nights. Festive pillows are also fun.

3. Comfy Bed
Create an environment that promotes a good night's sleep. To make your guest bed extra comfortable, add a plush mattress topper. A simple touch like this will go a long way, and your guests will rest peacefully while staying with you.

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4. Entertainment
Provide your guests with something to entertain themselves with before falling asleep. Gather current magazines and top-selling books along with crossword and sudoku puzzles into a basket in the room. If your guests are from out of town, add a local book or magazine that will help get them acquainted with your area.

5. Organization
Make it easy for your guests to stay organized. Place a decorative tray in the guest bedroom so guests can keep their small belongings, like jewelry or keys, accessible.

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