Hosting guests over the holidays can be stressful as traveling. There's often pressure to create a picture-perfect experience for your guests, whether they're staying overnight or for a week. By planning ahead and keeping them entertained, you'll reduce stress and create a fun, festive experience for everyone.
1. Make Room for Your Guests
Clear space in the coat closet for your guests' jackets and shoes. If they're staying in a room with a closet, make sure there is enough room for them to hang their clothes if they wish.
2. Create a Hotel-Like Environment
Create toiletry baskets that include a toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, lotion and soaps. You can also add warm slippers or a good book you think they may enjoy. Make sure you clean the bed sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases.
3. Keep Them Entertained
If your guests are new to the area, or if they'll have to entertain themselves while you're working, set brochures and local magazines for fun local activities in their room, as well as a list of local cafes, restaurants, shopping centers and theaters. If you are in the greater Sacramento area, contact us and request a copy of our annual magazine, which is an incredible guide to Sacramento, featuring the area's hottest restaurants, dog parks, and hiking spots, to name a few.
If your guests are homebodies or doing any work from home, print an information sheet that includes the WiFi password and other essential household information such as how to work your entertainment system or how to use your thermstat.
4. Plan for Children and Pets
If you're expecting pets, purchase extra treats or a fun toy to make them feel at ease. If your guests are bringing along children, be sure to child-proof your home. Store fragile items and heirlooms somewhere safe, install electrical outlet covers and buy game boards that are age-appropriate.
5. Stock Up On Extras
Be sure to have extra sheets, blankets, and pillows so that everyone is comfortable. Store extra toiletries such as soap, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper and paper towels in a hallway closet or centrally located in a bathroom where guests have access.